[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]DETROIT NEWS: In a span of 2 1/2 hours Tuesday morning Detroit firefighters battled five fires they believed were caused by an arsonist on the city’s east side.
“It’s reminiscent of what we see leading up to Devil’s Night where the weather is good,” said Capt. Mike Nevin of the Detroit Fire Department. “They choose to burn at different times which is hard to police. … I would bet the same person lit these fires today.” There were no reported injuries in the fires, which may have involved unoccupied houses.
“We never call anything vacant until we do the best we can to search what we can,” Nevin said.
The string of fires started around 10 a.m. as crews battled an accidental fire in the 1400 block of Chene. Firefighters were called to a house in the 19000 block of Queen Street, followed by a blaze a mile and a half away in the 14000 block of Tacoma. With a spacing of about 30 minutes between each fire, firefighters were also called to blazes in the area of Gratiot and Fordham, Joann and McNichols and the 13700 block of Liberal, Nevin said. The fires come one day after Mayor Mike Duggan asked for residents to volunteer for Angels’ Night patrols, the city’s anti-arson effort, Oct. 29-31.
Last year there was a record low of 52 fires — 23 of them suspicious — from Oct. 29-31.
Nevin said despite a depletion of manpower Tuesday, crews worked swiftly to put out each fire with no break. A string of arsons fires poses a risk to firefighters and the public, he said.
“Thank God there wasn’t an issue of a rescue,” he said. “There could be a delayed response due to heavy arson in the area. It could have been tragic.”
Anyone that sees suspicious activity is asked to call the Detroit Fire Department’s arson tip line at (313) 628-2900.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]