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.
For four decades, Devils’ Night has been the most destructive period for fires in Detroit. Not anymore.
Detroit’s failing fleet of engines and trucks responded to more than 150 suspicious fires in houses, businesses, apartment buildings, schools and churches in the busiest month yet this year.
Fires burned longer and caused more damage because of inoperable hydrants and the rapidly declining condition of the city’s rigs.
The city’s numbers are incredibly misleading and represent just a small fraction of the arson fires that are decimating neighborhoods, claiming lives and accelerating the exodus of residents.
With roughly 215 murders so far this year, the city is on pace to eclipse homicides in each of the past three years.
Hate crimes reported in Michigan rose 12% in 2011, in large part because of a major uptick in the suburbs, the FBI revealed Monday.