Tens of thousands of dead and dying trees in Detroit are in danger of falling on houses, cars, streets, power lines and garages.
During a 10-hour period on the Fourth of July last year, more than 60 fires broke out in homes, commercial buildings, garages, cars and trash cans.
Among the blight and poverty in many of Detroit’s neighborhoods are colorful reminders of perseverance and pride.
For the past three years, Motor City Muckraker photographed fires in Detroit as part of a project to reveal the widespread damage caused by the city’s arson epidemic.
An interactive map shows where each of the 10,000 fires occurred between 2013 and 2015.
The city of Detroit released an impressive interactive map and database that show all 7,740 demolitions, how much each cost and who received the contracts since Mayor Mike Duggan took office in January 2014.
In a city that is large enough to fit Boston, Manhattan and San Francisco, it’s not easy for Detroit workers to find – and fix – thousands of problems that exist in many long-neglected neighborhoods.
The city of Detroit installed hydrants that are incapable of supplying enough water to extinguish large fires.
Fire hydrants malfunctioned as overstretched firefighters did all they could.
From Jan. 1 to July 31, fires damaged or destroyed more than 1,650 houses, apartments, commercial buildings, schools, hospitals and churches, according to Detroit-based Loveland Technologies.