Dexter Avenue Fire Inquiry

Home fires in the US kill 125 people in just two weeks

By Samuel Davidson, 28 November 2014

Between November 9 and November 22, 125 people died in home fires in the US, bringing the total for the year to more than 2,000.

A comment on Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit

By Nancy Hanover, 3 October 2012

The recently released documentary Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit is a moving and powerful tribute to the impoverished city’s embattled firefighters.

Firefighters speak with the WSWS at Burn premiere

By Lawrence Porter and Bryan Dyne, 3 October 2012

WSWS reporters spoke to firefighters at the premiere of Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit.

Video: Hundreds of Michigan families seek assistance in Southfield

27 May 2011

DTE Energy held a customer assistance event this week. Thousands of Detroit-area families face utility shutoffs every year after falling behind on bills.

86,000 Michigan households hit by utility shutoffs this winter

By Larry Porter, 4 May 2011

Statewide statistics for the frigidly cold months of January, February and March confirm that the utility companies have escalated their brutal policy of utility shutoffs.

Sylvia Young addresses The Fight for Socialism Today conference in Ann Arbor

“CAUS says utilities should be a right, not a luxury”

15 April 2011

Sylvia Young, who lost three small children in a March 2010 house fire that occurred after DTE cut off heat to her home, addressed the conference.

Video: The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs holds demonstration in Detroit

17 March 2011

The CAUS held a demonstration on March 12 to demand an end to utility shutoffs and insist that heat and lights are social rights.

Photo story: The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs holds march in Detroit

15 March 2011

This slideshow presents images of the March 12 demonstration in Detroit, called by the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS). Participants marched up Dexter Avenue to demand an end to utility shutoffs.

Demonstration in Detroit demands end to utility shutoffs

By Shannon Jones, 14 March 2011

The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs led a demonstration down Dexter Avenue in Detroit to defend the right of working people to basic utilities.

Demonstrators speak out: “Heat and gas are necessities for life”

By our reporters, 14 March 2011

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and young people who participated in the rally against utility shutoffs in Detroit.

Lawrence Porter at CAUS rally: “Utilities are a social right!”

14 March 2011

The remarks introducing the CAUS demonstration given by Lawrence Porter, chairman of CAUS and assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party.

Record number of Iowa residents overdue on utility bills

By James Nykvist, 12 March 2011

A record 267,710 Iowa households—representing over 20 percent of the state’s population—are overdue on their utility bills.

Video: CAUS holds press conference to announce March 12 demonstration

10 March 2011

On March 4, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs held a press conference to announce its upcoming demonstration against utility shutoffs in Detroit. The march will be held on Saturday March 12 at 2 PM, assembling at the house where three people were killed in a house fire last year.

CAUS holds press conference to announce March 12 demonstration

By Shannon Jones, 5 March 2011

The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs held a press conference Friday at the Dexter-Elmhurst Center in Detroit announcing a March 12 demonstration against utility shutoffs.

Detroiters speak out on DTE’s phony “customer assistance”

By Debra Watson, 22 February 2011

In the weeks after DTE Energy’s December Customer Assistance Day, members of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs spoke to several Detroiters who had sought assistance.

DTE Energy 2010 profits soar as utility shutoffs increase

By Debra Watson, 22 February 2011

Last week the Detroit-based utility giant, DTE Energy, reported a record $630 million in profit for 2010.

New York: Elderly woman killed in blaze after fire department cutbacks

By Ali Ismail, 18 February 2011

Budget cutbacks were blamed for the death of one woman and the injuries of seven other residents after a fire in a Brooklyn apartment building

Victim of DTE utility shutoff

Video: Wanda Scott tells her story

12 February 2011

Last month Michigan authorities broke into Wanda Scott's home and took away her elderly father, claiming she was neglectful because she could not afford to heat her home. In this video, she speaks about life without heat, the experience of losing her father, and why she is a member of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs.

State criminalizes family victimized by DTE and poverty

By Larry Porter, 10 February 2011

Forced to live without heat because energy giant DTE shut off her utilities, Wanda Scott’s elderly father was seized from her home and placed in state custody.

Unemployed Detroit woman dies in house fire

Poverty, space heaters and steel bars: a common deadly mix

By Lawrence Porter, 28 January 2011

An unemployed nurse died in a house fire on Detroit’s east side Thursday morning. Irene Smith Spencer, 49, was using space heaters.

Detroit house fire injures five

By Lawrence Porter, 26 January 2011

Early Monday morning, fire destroyed a home on the west side of Detroit where both the gas and electricity had been shut off.

Fire destroys three homes in historic Delray neighborhood of Detroit

By Lawrence Porter, 22 January 2011

On Thursday a fire in an abandoned Detroit home quickly spread to the occupied homes on either side, creating a total loss for the neighbors.

CAUS votes to hold Detroit march against utility shutoffs

By our reporter, 19 January 2011

On January 13, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) voted to hold a demonstration against the shutoff policies of the local utility conglomerate DTE Energy.

Video on the anniversary of the Dexter Avenue fire

12 January 2011

The WSWS interviews Charlotte Nash, sister of Marvin and Tyrone Allen, who were killed in the horrific fire in their Detroit home on Dexter Avenue one year ago. They had been living without utilities since 2008.

CAUS meeting discusses the political issues behind utility shutoffs

By James Brewer, 18 December 2010

A recent meeting of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs led to a lively discussion of the political questions raised by DTE’s shutoff policy and government backing for the company.

Detroit residents speak on utility shutoffs

15 December 2010

Thousands of people who either lost their utility service or are in danger of doing so attended a "Customer Assistance Day" sponsored by DTE Energy in downtown Detroit. Several spoke to the WSWS.

Thousands seek help in Detroit with winter utility payments

By Jerry White, 14 December 2010

Several thousand Detroiters who are behind on their utility bills, and many who have already lost service, attended a Customer Assistance Day on Monday.

End all utility shutoffs! Electricity and gas must be social rights

By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs, 13 December 2010

Today’s “Energy Customer Assistance Day” has nothing to do with guaranteeing the basic right of all residents to gas and electricity. It is a public relations stunt by DTE and the city government.

Detroit mayor plans to end services to one-third of city

By Andrea Peters, 10 December 2010

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced his plans to downsize the city by removing essential services from entire neighborhoods.

State regulatory agency defends role of utility giant in Detroit fires

By James Brewer, 7 December 2010

The Michigan Public Services Commission has released its report on the September 7 fires that ravaged Detroit, defending the actions of DTE.

Media campaigns against “energy theft” at start of heating season

By Andrea Peters, 24 November 2010

With winter heating season in Michigan now underway, the media has stepped up its coverage of “energy theft” in Detroit.

Young worker dies in Detroit area house fire

By James Brewer, 23 November 2010

A space heater was blamed for the Hazel Park fire that took a young worker’s life.

Chicago apartment fires kill and injure multiple residents, leave scores homeless

By Kristina Betinis, 16 November 2010

In the past two weeks, major fires have displaced Chicago families, killed and injured residents and firefighters.

Detroit town hall meeting on utilities offers residents no help

By Lawrence Porter, 12 November 2010

A series of meetings town hall meetings billed as means of helping Detroit residents with their utility bills were a public relations stunt.

Five children killed in Florida house fire

By James Brewer, 12 November 2010

The tragedy that struck the Jordan family late Monday night was likely the result of a space heater.

Vote for D’Artagnan Collier

Socialist Candidate in Michigan’s 9th District

By Lawrence Porter, 2 November 2010

The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party is encouraging the strongest possible vote for D’Artagnan Collier, the SEP candidate in the 9th District for the Michigan state House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Public meetings: The social and political roots of the Detroit fires

21 September 2010

The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs and the Socialist Equality Party are hosting these public meetings in Detroit to review the causes of a series of fires that spread through Detroit earlier this month.

Detroit fires: Timeline of a disaster

By Tom Eley, 17 September 2010

A review of the events leading up to the Detroit fires of September 7 reveals that they were not a “natural disaster,” but the outcome of DTE’s neglect of the power grid and budget cutbacks for fire protection.

A program to rebuild, not downsize Detroit

By D’Artagnan Collier and SEP Candidate for Michigan House Representatives, 16 September 2010

The following statement is being distributed at a series of meetings on Detroit Mayor David Bing’s plans to restructure and downsize the city.

Officials seek to prevent discussion at meetings on downsizing of Detroit

By Patrick Martin, 16 September 2010

Nearly a thousand Detroit residents packed the Greater Grace Temple on the city’s northwest side Tuesday night for the first of a series of public hearings on Mayor David Bing’s plans to restructure and shrink the city.

Committee Against Utility Shutoffs and SEP hold press conference on Detroit fires

15 September 2010

On Friday, September 10, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs and the Socialist Equality Party held a press conference to address a series of fires that ravaged Detroit earlier in the week. Speaking were CAUS and SEP members Lawrence Porter and D'Artagnan Collier, as well as residents of the area.

DTE, Detroit authorities launch legal vendetta against “energy thieves”

By Jerry White, 15 September 2010

Prosecutors in Detroit, operating on behalf of DTE Energy, are accusing a local landlord and his handyman of illegally restoring heat and electricity to tenants whose service was cut off by the utility company.

Victim of Detroit fires: “DTE is to blame”

By Lawrence Porter, 14 September 2010

A resident on Detroit’s west side says that the fires that swept through his neighborhood were the result of a fallen transformer and DTE neglect.

Video: Detroit fire victims charge DTE Energy with negligence

13 September 2010

The Hargraves, residents of Robinwood Street on Detroit's east side, repeatedly reported electrical arcing and power malfunctioning to DTE days before the eruption of the firestorm that devasted the city.

Committee Against Utility Shutoffs and SEP hold press conference on Detroit fires

By our reporter, 11 September 2010

Detroit residents and members of the Socialist Equality Party and the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs denounced the Detroit city government and energy company DTE for their role in a wave of house fires.

Slideshow: The Detroit Fires

By Andre Damon and Larry Porter, 10 September 2010

On Tuesday, September 7, fires engulfed over eighty buildings in all sections of Detroit, nearly paralyzing the local fire department. WSWS reporters Andre Damon and Larry Porter were at the scene of the largest fire, on Robinwood Street in the city's East side, and covered the Mayor's press conference the next day. [9/9/10 10:58:37 PM] Andrew Petrov: Could you proof/edit this?

Slideshow: The Detroit Fires

By Andre Damon and Larry Porter, 10 September 2010

On Tuesday, September 7, fires engulfed over eighty buildings in all sections of Detroit, nearly paralyzing the local fire department. WSWS reporters Andre Damon and Larry Porter were at the scene of the largest fire, on Robinwood Street in the city's East side, and covered the Mayor's press conference the next day.

Fires burn throughout Detroit

Residents hold energy giant responsible

By Andre Damon and Larry Porter, 9 September 2010

Dozens of houses burned down in Detroit Tuesday as fires blazed through all parts of the city, overwhelming the local fire department.

Detroit fires expose criminality of DTE and Bing administration

By of D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for Michigan’s state legislature and 9th District, 9 September 2010

D’Artagnan Collier, the SEP’s candidate for Michigan state legislature, issued the following statement on the fires that swept through Detroit’s neighborhoods Tuesday evening.

Another utility worker killed in Detroit

By Lawrence Porter, 27 August 2010

Veteran utility worker Michael Parks was electrocuted and killed while repairing a power line August 24.

CAUS denounces new Michigan “energy theft” law, endorses D’Artagnan Collier campaign

By a reporter, 4 August 2010

D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives, addressed a meeting of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) July 29.

DTE reports increased profits in second quarter

By Shannon Jones and Dwight Stoll, 3 August 2010

Michigan-based DTE Energy is reporting higher profits and raising its dividend payout to shareholders as it prepares to ramp up shut-offs in the wake of the passage of “energy theft” legislation.

Michigan governor signs law witch-hunting workers for “energy theft”

By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 23 July 2010

The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) condemns legislation signed into law by Michigan’s Democratic governor, Jennifer Granholm, sanctioning a crackdown on poor residents in Detroit and other cities for alleged “energy theft.”

Over 160,000 Michigan utility shutoffs from January to May 2010

By Lawrence Porter, 21 July 2010

Recent figures, obtained by the World Socialist Web Site from the Michigan Public Services Commission (MPSC), confirm the unrelenting and inhuman policy of utility shutoffs in the State of Michigan, despite the well publicized series of deaths last winter as a direct result.

Detroit fires kill two, injure one

By Josué Olmos, Dwight Stoll and Andre Damon, 17 July 2010

Separate fires tore through two Detroit homes early Thursday morning, leaving one elderly woman and one child dead, and another child hospitalized.

Detroit house fires kill one, injure two

By Josué Olmos, Dwight Stoll and Andre Damon, 16 July 2010

Separate fires tore through two Detroit homes early Thursday morning, leaving one elderly woman dead and two children hospitalized.

Heat wave exposes decrepit infrastructure in US, Canada

By Tom Eley, 8 July 2010

This week’s heat wave in the eastern US, as well as parts of Ontario, has cut off power to hundreds of thousands, exposing the decrepit state of infrastructure in North America and the perilous conditions created by private ownership of utilities.

CAUS campaigns among striking tree trimmers

Sylvia Young visits DTE contractors’ picket line

By Jerry White, 28 June 2010

Sylvia Young, who lost three children in a Detroit house fire earlier this year after DTE Energy cut off heat to her home, visited the picket line of tree trimmers locked out by DTE.

New Hampshire woman dies after electricity cutoff

By Kate Randall, 28 June 2010

A woman in southern New Hampshire died Thursday following the cutoff of electricity to her by the private utility company National Grid.

DTE Energy forces strike by tree trimmers

By Lawrence Porter and James Brewer, 24 June 2010

Six hundred southeast Michigan tree trimmers employed by five DTE Energy subcontractors were forced out on strike to defend holiday and vacation benefits the utility monopoly will no longer finance.

For public ownership of DTE Energy

By Jerry White, 12 June 2010

An article written by the president of the Utility Workers Union raises the question of transforming DTE Energy into a publicly owned utility.

Report: DTE used spy planes to spot unauthorized hookups

By Debra Watson and Shannon Jones, 8 June 2010

A report indicates DTE used high-tech aerial surveillance to spot unauthorized hookups as it ramped up its campaign of utility shutoffs.

96 percent vote in favor at Detroit area mass meeting

DTE Energy workers authorize strike

By Jerry White, 3 June 2010

Thousands of workers employed by DTE Energy voted by a 96 percent margin to authorize a strike against the utility giant at a mass meeting Tuesday evening in the Detroit area.

An appeal to DTE workers

By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 2 June 2010

The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs calls on DTE employees to refuse to shut off utilities to Detroit residents. CAUS members and supporters distributed this letter to DTE workers on Tuesday.

CAUS campaign continues

The profit motive and utility shutoffs

By Andrea Peters, 28 May 2010

In this comment, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) explains why the provision of electricity and gas on the basis of private profit can neither guarantee essential services nor ensure that workers in the utility industry have jobs and a decent standard of living.

Detroit resident speaks on utility shutoff

19 May 2010

Winifred Sylvester is the caregiver for her 77-year-old stepmother and is battling to have the heat turned back on, but will likely face losing electricity as well.

Letter to CAUS

The media and utility shutoffs in Pennsylvania

By Jaqueline S. Homan, 19 May 2010

A letter to CAUS from a supporter describing the utilities crisis in Pennsylvania and its coverage in the media.

Two men perish in Detroit house fire

By Andrea Peters and James Brewer, 14 May 2010

Two men died in a fire in southwest Detroit on Thursday morning at a home that may have been without utilities.

Video: Friend of Detroit fire victim denounces utility shutoffs

14 May 2010

Eric speaks to the WSWS about the circumstances of the deadly house fire which took the life of his friend.

DTE Energy holds another public relations stunt in Taylor, Michigan

By a reporting team, 13 May 2010

Supporters of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs distributed the “Findings of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire: Utility Shutoffs and the Social Crisis in Detroit” to people attending a local community event in hopes of getting help with their DTE utility bills.

Committee Against Utility Shutoffs launches campaign

By Jerry White, 6 May 2010

The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), which was formed at a meeting of workers and youth in Detroit last week, launched its campaign Wednesday morning by appealing to workers at DTE Energy to refuse to disconnect service.

An appeal to DTE workers

By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 5 May 2010

On April 29, workers and young people at a Detroit meeting initiated by the SEP voted to establish the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS). The committee issued a statement appealing to workers at DTE Energy to refuse instructions to shut off gas and electric service to working class families. (Download in PDF.)

DTE profits soar in first quarter

By Andrea Peters, 29 April 2010

On Tuesday, energy giant DTE announced a 29 percent increase in first quarter profits compared to last year. Meanwhile, thousands of Detroit area residents are in danger of losing utility service for non-payment.

Detroit mayor appoints DTE executive to top post

By Andrea Peters, 27 April 2010

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing continues to add former DTE Energy executives to his staff, announcing on Friday the appointment of Robert Buckler as the city’s chief operating officer.

DTE Energy launches PR campaign to deflect anger over utility shutoffs

By Lawrence Porter, 23 April 2010

In response to the growing popular anger over utility shutoffs and a series of utility-related house fires in Detroit, DTE Energy is stepping up its public relations campaign to portray itself as a caring company willing to do everything to help its low-income customers.

Video: Mother of young children killed in Detroit house fire speaks

21 April 2010

Sylvia Young speaks to the report-back meeting of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue fire on April 13, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The fire occurred on March 2, just hours after her gas and electricity were cut off by local utility monopoly, DTE Energy.

SEP Emergency Conference advances strategy for struggle against social crisis and war

By Tom Eley, 19 April 2010

An SEP Conference, held April 17-18, passed six resolutions that provide the basis for uniting workers in the US and internationally in a struggle against mass unemployment and war.

Referee throws out case against Sylvia Young

Detroit mother lost three children in house fire

By Jerry White, 17 April 2010

A referee at the Third Circuit Court in Detroit on Friday threw out the case against Sylvia Young, the 31-year-old mother who lost three small children in a house fire on March 2. Keywords (at least 5 words or phrases, separated by commas): Sylvia Young, DTE, Detroit, fires, energy, “illegal hookups,” Citizen’s Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire

Detroit meeting indicts DTE in fatal house fires

Committee formed to broaden struggle against shutoffs

By Tom Eley, 15 April 2010

At the report-back meeting of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire, Detroit residents voted unanimously in favor of the committee’s findings, and established a committee to advance the struggle against utility shutoffs.  

Dexter Avenue inquiry announces findings

By Tom Eley, 14 April 2010

At a well-attended meeting on April 13 in Detroit, the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire released its findings and recommendations. 


Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue fire: Utility Shutoffs and the social crisis in Detroit

Findings of the Commission

13 April 2010

The Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire publishes its findings and recommendations.

DTE profits soar in first quarter

By Andrea Peters, 10 April 2010

On Tuesday, energy giant DTE announced a 29 percent increase in first quarter profits compared to last year. Meanwhile, thousands of Detroit area residents are in danger of losing utility service for non-payment.

Thousands in Detroit face utility shut-offs with end of “winter protection plan”

By Lawrence Porter, 10 April 2010

As of April 1, more than 60,000 households in the metro-Detroit area who were under a “winter protection” utility shut-off plan sponsored by regional energy giants DTE and Consumers Energy now face large accumulated bills and the danger of being shut off.

New study demands sweeping cuts, privatization for Detroit

By Tom Eley, 9 April 2010

A corporate-controlled group, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, is demanding cuts and the privatization of services in Detroit, to be imposed through bankruptcy if necessary.

Video: Head of legal services nonprofit speaks before Dexter Avenue Inquiry

5 April 2010

Marilyn Mullane, Executive Director of Michigan Legal Services, spoke about the lack of help available for Detroit families who fall behind on their utility bills. Her testimony was part of the Dexter Avenue Fire inquiry, which brought together workers, investigators, and experts in an investigation into the causes of two deadly house fires in Detroit.

Public Meeting

Findings of the Citizens Inquiry into Dexter Avenue Fire

3 April 2010

The Citizens Inquiry will hold a report-back meeting in Detroit to release the findings from its public hearing, held on March 20.

Detroit firefighter speaks before Dexter Avenue Inquiry

3 April 2010

Marice Funchess, a Detroit Firefighter, testified before the Dexter Avenue Inquiry on March 20 in Detroit. Funchess spoke about the hardships imposed by budget cuts and utility shutdowns on firefighters, but said his coworkers remain committed to their duty even under the most difficult circumstances.

Report to the Dexter Inquiry

The impact of poverty on utility shutoffs

By Debra Watson, 31 March 2010

The following report on poverty and welfare in Michigan was submitted to the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire, which held a hearing on March 20.

Health and health care services in the poorest US city

By E. Galen, 30 March 2010

Detroit is the poorest major city in the US, and this has direct consequences for the health of the population. Children are particularly affected by environment-caused conditions like lead poisoning and asthma.

Obama cuts to home energy assistance to have devastating consequences

By Hiram Lee, 27 March 2010

The Obama administration’s 35 percent cut to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will have deadly consequences for those in danger of utility shutoffs.

Vendetta continues against mother who lost three in Detroit fire

Sylvia Young and family members speak out against utility shutoffs

By Jerry White, 26 March 2010

The legal witch hunt against the young mother who lost three of her children in a March 2 house fire in Detroit—just hours after DTE Energy cut off heat and electrical service to her home—is continuing.

Hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire

25 March 2010

The Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire: Utility Shutoffs and the Social Crisis in Detroit held a hearing at Wayne State University on March 20.

In state of city address

Bing demands smaller, more exploited Detroit

By Tom Eley, 25 March 2010

In his annual state of the city address, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing reiterated his demand for the shutdown of neighborhoods and appealed for private investment through cuts to city services and ramped up exploitation of workers.



March 20 hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire

Deindustrialization, the UAW and the Decline of Detroit

By Jerry White, 25 March 2010

Utility shutoffs and the lack of the most basic necessities in Detroit are the consequences of a decades-long assault on the jobs and living standards of the working class.

March 20 hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire

Utility shutoffs: Who profits?

By Tom Eley, 24 March 2010

Report to the Citizens Inquiry on the policies DTE has used to generate profit in spite of the economic crisis, and who has benefited from these policies.

DTE Energy holds public relations event as utility shut-offs continue

By Tom Eley, 24 March 2010

Seeking to calm anger over utility shut-offs, DTE Energy joined state authorities at a Detroit media event on Tuesday designed to portray the energy giant as a caring corporation.

The significance of the Dexter Avenue Fire Inquiry

By Joe Kishore, 23 March 2010

The initial hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire in Detroit on Saturday was a significant event in the life of the working class.

Video: Director of Detroit free medical clinic denounces utility shutoffs

23 March 2010

Sister Mary Ellen Howard is the Executive Director of Detroit’s Cabrini Clinic, the oldest free medical facility in the US. She discusses the impact of utility shutoffs on patients at the clinic.

March 20 hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire

The role of the government in deadly US house fires

By Andrea Peters, 23 March 2010

Report submitted to the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire about the role of the government in allowing utility shutoffs that lead to deadly house fires.

Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire holds first hearing

By a WSWS reporting team, 22 March 2010

At the initial public hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire, held Saturday at Wayne State University in Detroit, Inquiry commissioners heard testimony from residents, experts and researchers about utility shutoffs and house fires in Detroit, the practices and political influence of energy giant DTE, and the broader social crisis in the city.