Tens of thousands of dead and dying trees in Detroit are in danger of falling on houses, cars, streets, power lines and garages.
Dead trees played a major role in the largest breakout of fires in Detroit since at least 2010.
An abundance of dead trees and electrical lines suspended by old wooden posts are to blame for many of the dozens of fires that broke out in Detroit on Wednesday.
It was a frigid, frustrating and overwhelming 14 hours for Detroit’s exhausted firefighters.
We monitored all 116 fire calls from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., finding lagging response times and overwhelmed fire crews.
Devil’s Night will be a big test for the city, which recently laid off firefighters, as strong winds continue to wreak havoc on power lines and trees.
Many live lines snaked unattended across streets, fields and sidewalks for more than an hour because neither the fire department nor DTE had sufficient resources to handle the hazards.