Detroit Fire Disaster

House fire at vacant property kills two in Hamtramck, Michigan

By Will Morrow and Zac Corrigan, 2 October 2018

Neighbors said the house was officially vacant but had been occupied by a homeless man for over two years.

Latest fatal house fire kills one adult and two small children in Detroit

By Tim Rivers, 29 June 2017

An apparent electrical fire took the lives of an adult and two small children in a working-class neighborhood of Detroit Tuesday.

Deadly fire destroys three apartments in Lynn, Massachusetts

By John Marion, 7 December 2015

The fire moved so quickly in the overcrowded building that four people, including a pregnant woman, were unable to get out alive.

Detroit regional water authority prepares double-digit rate increases

By Shannon Jones, 24 January 2015

The news comes as Detroit continues its draconian policy of shutting off water to residents who are too poor to pay for it.

Michigan governor names 4th emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools

By Nancy Hanover, 19 January 2015

New Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has pledged further cuts to impoverished Detroit schools.

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.

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.

Residents denounce DTE and Detroit officials for September 7 fires

By Lawrence Porter, 8 October 2010

Irate Detroit residents denounced energy giant DTE and city officials for their role in the devastating blazes that swept the city September 7 after high winds knocked down hundreds of poorly maintained power lines.

Detroit residents blame DTE Energy for September 7 fires at regulatory hearing

By Lawrence Porter, 1 October 2010

Angry Detroit residents denounced the administration of Detroit Mayor David Bing and utility monopoly DTE energy for the devastating September 7 fires that swept through the city.

CAUS holds meeting on Detroit fires

By Andrea Peters, 24 September 2010

At a meeting held on Detroit’s east side, area residents and CAUS members engaged in a lively discussion about what caused the 85 fires that recently broke out across Detroit.

Democratic administration pushes ahead with Detroit downsizing

By a reporting team, 22 September 2010

Thousands of Detroit residents turned out for public hearings on the downsizing of the city being proposed by Mayor David Bing in the interests of big business.

Video: Inferno on Moenart Street in Detroit

21 September 2010

The firestorm captured in this video was like many that swept through Detroit on September 7. It illustrates the disastrous impact of budget cuts, as residents watched in desperation for more than an hour before fire trucks came.

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.

East side Detroit residents say fire not a “natural disaster”

By Lawrence Porter, 20 September 2010

Residents on Moenart Street say that DTE failed to respond to complaints of a downed line, the fire department took more than an hour to respond, and hydrants were not working on the day of the blaze that destroyed much of their block.

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.

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?

Neighborhood blazes not just a “natural disaster”

Detroit firefighters denounce city budget cuts, DTE

By Jerry White, 10 September 2010

In the days following devastating fires that swept through Detroit, information continues to come to light about the criminal negligence of the city’s corporate and political establishment.

Witnesses describe horrific night of Detroit fires

By Larry Porter, 10 September 2010

WSWS reporters interviewed residents on Robinwood Street on Detroit’s northeast side on the night of the fires that swept through their neighborhood. More than 20 dwellings were destroyed or damaged.

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.