Video: Detroit fire engine catches fire, ladder truck breaks down

It was another bad day for Detroit’s aging fleet of rigs.

Engine 17’s temporary replacement rig, which collided with a car last week, caught fire at its quarters. While the rig was being towed to the shop at 3:15 p.m., it caught fire again on West Warren near Second in Midtown.

The cause appeared to be electrical, fire officials said.

At 7:30 p.m., Ladder 8, which also was using a temporary replacement rig, broke down en route to a house fire at Marquette and 14th.

Several hours later, firefighters couldn’t get enough water pressure to extinguish a two-story house, and heat from the flames damaged a nearby church.

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.