Live blog: Close-up look at all fires during Fourth of July weekend

Photo by Steve Neavling
Photo by Steve Neavling

Firefighters are bracing for what has become the most destructive three-day period for fires in Detroit.

Beginning Saturday at 8 p.m. through the Fourth of July, we will provide details of every fire to show where they are breaking out and how well-equipped the Fire Department is to handle the anticipated onslaught of arsons.

Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 7.39.34 PMFor the past several years, the three-day period ending on July 4 has recorded more fires than the Devils’ Night period from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31. The Fire Department was so busy that it ran out of aerial ladder trucks to respond to some fires.

We’ll provide photos, videos and a map of the fires, as well as a comparison to past years. We’ll update fires as they happen.

Fires since 8 p.m. Saturday:

  • Houses: 45
  • Garages: 8
  • Apartments: 4
  • Commercial buildings: 4
  • Hospitals: 1
  • Brush, grass, trash: 58
  • Cars: 10
  • Dumpsters: 9
  • Playscape: 1

Total: 140

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The map only shows structure fires. —

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.