Perhaps most eye-opening wasn’t the number of fires but the fallouts from budget cuts.
Failures in the Fire Department are prompting calls for Fire Commissioner Don Austin to retire.
The public will never learn about most failures to respond.
Video: Arsonists wreaked havoc Monday night as understaffed Detroit Fire Department struggles to keep pace
The fire department is so understaffed that the entire east side was without fire protection for about two hours while about 18 companies battled the fires.
Detroit is besieged by 5,000 annual arsons and deep budget cuts. As a result, insurance rates are rising, property values are plummeting and people are fleeing.
“It’s a very dangerous situation,” said Dan McNamara, president of the firefighters’ union.