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.
The money is quick and easy – and the metal market is booming, producing record profits for shady scrapyards and a modest living for scrappers.
“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.
The investigation is focused on contracts with outside companies, among other financial transactions, sources told the Motor City Muckraker. The news comes at a vulnerable time for the library system.
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.”
Police not only knew about the club; they may have provided security and limos for the upscale clientele who attended the swingers club while still on-duty, local authorities told the Motor City Muckraker this morning.
Board of Police Commissioner Jessica Taylor is the director of training at TJA Staffing Services, which received the no-bid contract on Oct. 25.