The fire killed a teenage boy in a wheelchair and injured his sister and mom early Sunday morning on Detroit’s east side.
“I have a victim in the rear stairwell,” a firefighter radioed to the chief.
By the time firefighters arrived, flames were tearing through the windows of a second-floor bedroom on Detroit’s west side.
The city’s top fire official has maintained the fleet “is up to snuff,” despite persistent problems that endanger residents.
At least two dozen firefighters and several ambulances rushed to downtown Detroit after several high-rise buildings in downtown lost power, trapping people in elevators.
Detroit police avoided a potentially ugly standoff with an animal rescue group Monday.
Detroit has ignored a broken hydrant for a year or more on a neglected block where six houses have burned to the ground and recently risked the lives of firefighters.
Detroit firefighters were trying to save up to three people trapped on the third floor of a building that exploded this morning on the east side.
They crawled through the house until they saw a disoriented woman with a toddler in her extended hands.
The boarded-up brick house was oozing black smoke when a neighbor told arriving Detroit firefighters that a squatter may be inside.