Demolition crews are tearing down the first batch of about 20 houses gutted by fires that raged earlier this week across parts of Detroit.
A half-dozen homes were demolished Friday, some on Robinwood and Moenart streets.
At least 85 structures, including houses and garages, were destroyed or scorched Tuesday by flames fed by high winds and hot temperatures. No injuries were reported.
Detroit Buildings & Safety Engineering Director Karla Henderson says federal stimulus money already earmarked for Detroit will pay for the demolitions.
There are about 33,000 vacant houses in Detroit. The city is tearing down 3,000 this year and the same number in 2011.
The Mayor’s office established a telephone line (313) 224-3740 for displaced families to receive support and assistance from local agencies. Eighteen families impacted by the fire have called with seven families requesting assistance.
Participating agencies include: United Way, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Two other large entities are also providing assistance, but asked to remain anonymous. Donations also are being accepted.
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