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Guilty Plea In Blaze That Injured Firefighters

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A man accused of setting a fire that led to injuries for seven Detroit firefighters has pleaded guilty.

Samson Wright appeared in federal court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to malicious use of fire last August at a commercial building on Detroit’s east side. Because firefighters were injured, the charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison.

Investigators said the 29-year-old Wright was part of an arson-for-hire plot.

The U.S. attorney’s office got involved because the burned building had housed a wireless phone store engaged in interstate commerce.

The firefighters were hurt when bricks and debris fell on them. Four of the seven were critically injured.

A criminal charge is pending against a co-defendant, Calvin Jones.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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