While there were slightly fewer fires in 2015, arsons and destructive blazes took a nosedive this year, marking a decades-long record.
One firefighter was injured, and a puppy was saved from a burning house.
It began innocently enough: Young pranksters draped toilet paper on trees and threw eggs at houses in Detroit.
Devil’s Night recorded the fewest number of fires since at least the 1970s.
If the past four years are any indication, Detroit is likely to see more than 90 fires during the three-day Devil’s Night period beginning Thursday.
The number of fires on Devils’ Night has plummeted since its peak in 1984.
Nearly 40 fires – most of them suspected arsons – broke out in houses, apartments and garages between Thursday and Friday morning in Detroit.
We are blogging details of every fire during Angels’ Night tonight to gauge the Detroit’s response and the severity of the arsons.
Perhaps most eye-opening wasn’t the number of fires but the fallouts from budget cuts.
The cash-strapped Detroit Fire Department is expected to respond to dozens of arsons as Angels’ Night gets underway. We’ll monitor the action and provide up-to-the-minute updates on every reported fire.