The city of Detroit has neglected hundreds of out-of-service hydrants in neighborhoods, downtown and Midtown, Motor City Muckraker revealed last week.
The hydrants protect homes, schools, historic buildings, apartment high-rises, downtown skyscrapers, libraries, gas stations, churches and more.
Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration, which refused to release hydrant inspection records, insisted it had no idea the problem was so severe.
In the meantime, firefighters are losing control of fires because hydrants are broken.
Here are some notable buildings with out-of-service hydrants.
Our hydrant series will continue throughout the week and is part of our yearlong examination of every fire in Detroit.
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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.