The charges come as city and federal officials investigate Mayor Mike Duggan’s handling of demolition contracts.
When firefighters arrived, a vacant house was engulfed in flames on a block tightly packed with houses in southwest Detroit this weekend.
The city of Detroit installed hydrants that are incapable of supplying enough water to extinguish large fires.
Fire hydrants malfunctioned as overstretched firefighters did all they could.
From Jan. 1 to July 31, fires damaged or destroyed more than 1,650 houses, apartments, commercial buildings, schools, hospitals and churches, according to Detroit-based Loveland Technologies.
For four decades, Devils’ Night has been the most destructive period for fires in Detroit. Not anymore.
Detroit’s aging rigs are breaking down at a frightening rate.
Fires are ravaging neighborhoods, claiming lives and chasing residents out of the city.
The number of fires on Devils’ Night has plummeted since its peak in 1984.
Michele Oberholtzer was surveying tax-foreclosed properties in Detroit when she was shocked by the number of homes still occupied by families with children.