1 dead, 8 injured in firebombing at home in Detroit; investigation is ongoing

Fire Department truck logoOne person is dead and three more were critically injured Sunday morning after someone apparently chucked a molotov cocktail at a house on Detroit’s east side before dawn.

At least some of the residents had disabilities.

When firefighters arrived, they raced into the home and carried out the residents.

At least five people with disabilities have died in fires since Mayor Dave Bing closed up to 15 stations last year, said Dan McNamara, president of the Detroit Firefighters Association. About 10 stations are temporarily closed on a regular basis due to budget cuts.

Witnesses say a dark sedan – possibly a black Chevy Malibu – pulled up to the house and threw what looked like a molotov cocktail at the house near the Coleman A. Young International Airport on the 11000 block of Kenmoor between Connor and Gunston.

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Steve Neavling is an investigative journalist and former city hall reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Living on the city’s east side, Neavling explores corruption, civil liberties and the underbelly of an oft-misunderstood city.

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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.