Three firefighters were injured trying to rescue residents.
The former assistant police chief now has the authority to appoint new top brass to deliver on a pledge to clean up the beleaguered Fire Department.
Devil’s Night recorded the fewest number of fires since at least the 1970s.
For the first time since the 1970s, Detroit is on pace to record fewer than 90 fires during the three-day Devil’s Night period.
Although the number of fires have leveled off during Devil’s Night over the past five years, this year poses more significant challenges.
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.
When firefighters arrived, a vacant house was engulfed in flames on a block tightly packed with houses in southwest Detroit this weekend.
By the time firefighters arrived, flames were tearing through the windows of a second-floor bedroom on Detroit’s west side.
In the past 48 hours, fires burned 19 houses, six commercial buildings and two apartments.
On the past administration’s last day on Friday, the top brass went after a firefighter who blew the whistle on serious safety violations.