Vacant Detroit fire station littered with records, ravaged by thieves

 

Engine 49

Tens of thousands of pages of records are scattered across a shuttered Detroit fire station that is open to trespass and has been rampaged by thieves.

Concealed weapons permit applications were left behind. We redacted the confidential information.

Concealed weapons permit applications were left behind. We redacted the confidential information.

The city of Detroit has neglected Engine 49’s quarters, which was closed during a painful round of budget cuts in 2012, and left behind investigative records, log books dating back to the 1960s and completed applications for concealed weapons permits, which include personal information about people with guns. Also included are confidential records that contain the home addresses, phone numbers and other information of firefighters.

Thieves stole copper plumbing, wiring, fixtures and pipes. Walls are torn up, and windows are smashed and the frames stolen.

Executive Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins told me the city will immediately address the issue and check other closed fire stations. The responsibility of protecting city buildings belongs to the Detroit General Services Department (GSD).

Engine 49

Engine 49’s abandoned quarters

“The DFD will identify all decommissioned stations and they (GSD) will ensue they are secured,” Jenkins said. “We will also work with GSD to gather any documents left in these structures and properly dispose of them.”

Engine 49, which is at 12515 Grand River, is among seven fire stations that the city was hoping to sell earlier this year.

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Engine 49

 

Engine 49 incident reports

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Engine 49

Engine 49

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Engine 49

 

 

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.

  • DoYouKnowShitFuck?

    Ah, gotta love black culture. What’s the next city they’ll tear to shreds? Oakland? Baltimore? New Orleans is already a third world hole

  • dirtydog1776

    Don’t worry about the records with personal information lying about…….the thieves attended Detroit Public Schools and can’t read……… but know how claim their civil rights are being violated. Tee hee!

  • EJ

    Steve, we were wanting to buy one of the firehouses about a year ago, with a goal to start a shelter for homeless folks, a job training center and somewhere where the neighborhood kids could play in a safe environment to no avail.

    I called about 5 different people with the City, emailed, left messages to no avail. An on duty fireman came by my wife’s place of employment to get a part from them, he was very gracious and gave us a phone number to a head union guy who gave us another number to call at the City again, to no avail.

    They must want to hang on to the buildings because it’s impossible to get a hold of someone who will even call/email you back.

    • muckraker_steve

      I’m sorry to hear that. I just talked with someone who wanted to turn another abandoned fire station into a brewery but couldn’t for similar reasons. It’s unlikely that the city still wants the building because it’s in an area that they are all but writing off. And the plan is to eventually build new fire stations.

      If you were still interested, you may have better luck under the Mayor Duggan administration.

  • Muhammad Mojaradi

    this is too common in abandoned city buildings