The dozens of arsonists who set abandoned houses and buildings on fire every week in Detroit now face up to life in prison if someone is injured in the blaze.
A firefighter with a wife and 3 children now qualifies for food stamps. My hero husband has now had to start working 3 separate jobs to keep the bills paid and food in our kids’ tummies.
Firefighters called for an arson investigator but received the common response: “There are no arson cars available.”
The latest incident is yet another slap in the face to firefighters who are forced to battle more blazes with less gear.
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.”