Detroit firefighters found a body inside the historic El Tovar apartment building shortly before 9 p.m. tonight as they worked to extinguish a blaze on the second floor.
Police said it appears the victim had been shot before the fire was set.
Firefighters were called to the occupied apartment building at 320 E. Grand Blvd. near E. Lafayette at 8:46 p.m. and found flames poking out of the rear of the building on the second floor. The fire was out by 9:15 p.m.
Firefighters called for an arson investigator and police.
The four-story Spanish Moorish apartment was built in 1928 and “represents a change in the development pattern along major thoroughfares from low density to higher density that took place before the Great
Depression,” the Detroit Planning and Development Department.
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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.