Fires Rip Through Detroit

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 9:02am

Dozens of homes destroyed in wind-fueled blaze.

Dozens of fires fueled by high winds ripped through Detroit Tuesday afternoon.

The strong winds snapped power lines and fueled fires that burned buildings, homes, garages and nearly one entire city block to the ground.

Investigators say some of the fires on the east side are believed to be arson.

One person is being questioned by authorities.

Several occupied and vacant homes were destroyed on the west side of the city as well.

Detroit firefighters said they called in fire crews from several surrounding communities to help.

"Our manpower was so sparse," said Deputy Fire Chief Gregory Williams.

Neighbors at one fire scene assisted fire crews in extinguishing the fires.

"I had to do what I could do," one Detroit resident said. "I'm not a fireman, but I can help them pull the hose and direct them to the problem."

No injuries were reported.
 

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