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.
As Mayor Mike Duggan continued to cut city workers over the past year, he increased the size of his administration from 80 appointees to at least 94, with more than half making in excess of $100,000 a year.
The fires spread and damaged more than two dozen neighboring houses, in no small part due to delays caused by broken hydrants and malfunctioning rigs.
Fires burned longer and caused more damage because of inoperable hydrants and the rapidly declining condition of the city’s rigs.
The broken hydrants protect homes, schools, historic buildings, apartment high-rises, downtown skyscrapers, libraries, gas stations, churches and more.
Mayor Duggan’s administration has declined to release public records on broken hydrants.
Firefighters are losing control of fires because many streets have no working hydrants.
Despite Detroit’s population decline, fires continue to devour neighborhoods at a punishing rate,