As I write this, thieves in a backhoe are stealing large metal beams even as a fire burns in the plant, a few buildings away.
In the past three days, someone set fire to five houses in a two-block area of East Canfield and Garland. The blazes spread and consumed nine abandoned houses and damaged four occupied homes.
“Oh, God,” Janet Howard said, fearing the spreading flames would devour the entire block of Garland and Canfield, where an arsonist also set a blaze the day before. “Please. Please, God.”
Investigation: Thieves tear apart Packard Plant for scrap metal in broad daylight; neighbors at risk
Scrapping thieves have become alarmingly more daring and audacious as police have virtually ignored an organized scrapping operation that has sprung up at the abandoned Packard Plant in Detroit.
Bing is expected to call a 1 p.m. meeting in council chambers in what almost certainly will be a bitter, combative session. Crowds have grown more hostile, and the mayor and council’s relationship is dysfunctional.
Two house fires on the city’s west side killed three people early this morning, and another blaze came dangerous close to the packed Raven Lounge, a blues and funk club made famous in the documentary “Detropia.”
Devil’s Night will be a big test for the city, which recently laid off firefighters, as strong winds continue to wreak havoc on power lines and trees.
Many live lines snaked unattended across streets, fields and sidewalks for more than an hour because neither the fire department nor DTE had sufficient resources to handle the hazards.
A ladder truck broke down on the way to a two-story blaze
Firefighters are angry, frustrated and feel betrayed by a city they’ve been – and still are – devoted to.