An irate man wielding a knife chased away photographers and threatened Detroit firefighters Tuesday night.
The three firefighters were rushed to the hospital this morning.
About 140 fires broke out in Detroit and Highland Park from Saturday night to sunrise Tuesday, nearly triple the number of blazes during the three-day Devils’ Night period last year.
Firefighters are bracing for what has become the most destructive three-day period for fires in Detroit – July 2-4. We’ll provide details of every fire, with videos and photos.
During a 10-hour period on the Fourth of July last year, more than 60 fires broke out in homes, commercial buildings, garages, cars and trash cans.
A Detroit law enforcement official appeared to assault a photographer who was obeying orders and retreating at a fire scene on the west side.
In the past two months, photographers in Detroit have been briefly detained, cursed at by firefighters and intentionally sprayed with water. Another photographer’s phone was smashed.
Just days after Motor City Muckraker reported that the purchase of the rigs had become entangled in bureaucratic delays, the city gave the Fire Department the green light to begin accepting bids for new rigs this month.
“It’s ridiculous. We simply don’t have enough rigs to cover the city,” said Mike Nevin, president of the Detroit Fire Firefighters Association.
The students were leaving nearby Cass Tech High School when the crash happened.