1 dead, 4 injured in separate morning fires in Detroit

Detroit Fire Department

One man is dead and another four people were injured in two separate house fires in Detroit on Monday morning.

An elderly man was killed and his wife injured when a fire broke out near the attic in their west-side home on the 11000 block of Yellowstone.

“There are reports of elderly people still in the house,” a firefighter radioed to dispatchers at 8:40 a.m.

Firefighters made an interior attack but couldn’t save the man in time. His wife was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. An arson squad was on the scene, which is standard for fatal fires.

Another three people were injured from smoke inhalation at 12:45 a.m. when a fire tore through their east-side house on the 5000 block of Seneca. That fire was considered suspicious.

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.


  • Donald E. Hodge

    Alright people, whats the anwser. I know this sounds like a broken record but we need some help god damn it. That is the plain and simple truth. What do I mean by help……Money! Dear Uncle Sam, Please help all our Firemen, our city whatever works to get us cash to buy more trucks. Tillers, Squads, pumpers….All of it. I can’t do the blame game anymore. Blame is for God and small children. All the true hearts in the department , sorry if I affended. That was not my goal. We need to get this rolling, our Firemen and residents are to important. We have waited to long for help.

    • bebow

      The solution is very aggressive demolition in the neighborhoods. It isn’t happening.

      • Donald E. Hodge

        You are right about that. Got to cut down on the fireload. Good point.

      • MSUfan

        4,000+ homes in the past year isn’t aggressive?

        • bebow

          There was a burst of aggressive demolition followed by talk. So, no.

          • MSUfan

            Burst? You do know the city is demolishing around 200 houses a week and will probably take another 4,000 this year?

          • bebow

            I’m not seeing what the city is talking.