The suspicious fires underscore the vulnerability of a city seemingly incapable of handling the unending arson crisis.
Heavy yellow and orange smoke spewed from a burning Family Dollar on Detroit’s east side late Saturday afternoon.
Detroit firefighters battled more than 80 fires – most suspicious – in houses, businesses, garages, apartment buildings, a school and a church.
Suspicion fell almost immediately on the church’s owner, Salim Kemenko, a property speculator who has wanted to demolish the building but was prohibited from doing so.
When one of our photographers approached the scrappers to inquire about the illegal operation, they tried to run him over with a truck.
Scavengers are wreaking havoc for a small treasure of scrap metal.
For less than $3, I walked out of a store surrounded by Wayne State University campus with a glass crack pipe.
“They are saying a lot to the public, but they haven’t been very cooperative,” a high-level fire official said.
Neither the fire department nor DTE said they can find the source of what both acknowledge may be a major leak coming from a natural gas line or the underground sewage system.
Dillon was an integral part of getting Conway MacKenzie one of its most lucrative jobs ever, but he never divulged he and the CEO were longtime friends.