Thieves steal from fire truck at scene of blaze

If it’s not bad enough that Detroit can’t afford to equip its firefighters with adequate gear, brazen thieves Wednesday night stole a ladder and other equipment from fire trucks at the scene of a three-house blaze.

The theft marks another troubling moment for a fire department battling more blazes with fewer firefighters, trucks and gear.

In the past month, thieves have broken into at least two temporarily closed fire stations and stole copper plumbing, TVs and other metal fixtures. Fire hydrants have been broken.

Wednesday’s theft at Chopin and Michigan on the city’s west-side was as desperate and callous as it was bold.

Cuts to the police department and an increase in some crimes are making it more difficult for cops to arrive to fire scenes, leaving firefighters without protection.

And when firefighters are injured, ambulances often aren’t available. Just last week, one of four firefighters injured during a house explosion was taken to a hospital in a squad truck because an ambulance was broken down.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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  • MPA

    Same thing just happened here in Indianapolis at our apartments

  • Gord

    What a disgusting shame this is !!! Just when you thought things could not get any worse. How bad does it have to get before people stand up and say ” I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore” People of Detroit stand up for each other have the courage to make a difference!!!!

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  • emmett

    It’s a bad deal for Detroit…We need the national guard!!!

  • G Cho

    Or maybe it’s time to make these so called scrappers be licensed by the State and all the places that buy their wares be criminally charged if they buy from a non licensed individual.

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  • Ashes

    Detroit is the Third World.

  • aiede

    My Red Cross disaster team responded a few hours later to these fires to help out some of the residents involved. Scrappers were hard at work on the siding of the two destroyed houses, and they were using a suspiciously long and sturdy ladder to do so.

  • Maybe it’s time for these guys to pull out an old tradition of having a large Dalmatian on every truck. They’d take the hand off anyone trying to pinch a ladder. Ya’ true, maybe a few more lawsuits might happen but it’s already a full blown clusterfuck anyway.