As Detroit Burns, DFD Investigates Only 20% Of Suspicious Fires

Failures in the Fire Department are prompting calls for Fire Commissioner Don Austin to retire. Steve Neavling, Motor City Muckraker The Detroit Fire Department reported an eye-popping 41% drop in arsons last year, a sunning feat considering Mayor Bing’s administration closed down seven firehouses and laid off firefighters that summer. Turns out, arsons were vastly […]

Burned-down houses become tombs for countless squatters in Detroit

Steve Neavling, Motor City Muckraker An untold number of bodies are buried beneath the charred rubble of burned-down houses and buildings in Detroit. Even when neighbors tell investigators that squatters are living in vacant buildings ravaged by fire, the city rarely does more than a cursory search. Police are charged with the task of searching […]

90% Of Fires In The City Of Detroit Are Allegedly Arson

But The City Can’t Afford Arson Investigators Steve Neavling, Motor City Muckraker Most fires in Detroit are intentionally set. But when firefighters rush to the scene of a fire, it’s often impossible to get police or an arson investigator to respond. That was the case at 9 p.m. Monday when firefighters were battling a blaze […]

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