A fire broke out inside a vacant party store in southwest Detroit this afternoon and came dangerously close to spreading to an active fire station next door.
“I have to feed my wife and kids,” Kasinec said after the fire. “We’re taking major pay cuts, and I can’t afford it.”
Downtown and most of Detroit were without fire protection for awhile Sunday afternoon because firefighters were busy battling three arsons on the east side.
Perhaps most eye-opening wasn’t the number of fires but the fallouts from budget cuts.
Burglars have looted two fire stations in the past week.
Routine city services are getting slashed.
Thigh-high grass has swallowed swaths of Detroit that now look more like prairies than neighborhoods. Dozens of parks that Mayor Bing pledged to maintain are a sea of green.
Some residents also hurled insults at the owners of Ideal Market at Chene and Ferry, accusing them of burning down the store for insurance money.
Without enough ambulances on the streets, firefighters had to resuscitate a young boy themselves and rush him to the hospital because paramedics took too long to arrive.
After Mayor Bing cuts police patrols amid spiking violence, he seeks to raise own security detail to 30 officers
On any given night, officers arrive to work with a backlog of cases that would be a priority in most cities. But police are overwhelmed with murders, rapes, aggravated assaults and armed robberies.