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.
Thieves stole copper plumbing, wiring, fixtures and pipes, while the city left tens of thousands of records behind.
The fire company (Engine 50) was featured on the documentary “Burn.”
Engine 48 is one of the most important lines of defense against a fire at the Marathon refinery and provides protection to tens of thousands of people in southwest Detroit.
Gone was the entire kitchen that firefighters had remodeled with their own money for Christmas 2011.
Who are the scrappers? They are laid-off autoworkers, drug addicts, high school dropouts and others trying to get by.
It wasn’t an unusual afternoon for the fire department. Just a typical day in a city where nothing is unusual anymore.
The theft marks another embarrassing, eye-opening moment for a fire department battling more blazes with fewer firefighters, trucks and gear.