DETROIT (WWJ) – A Detroit firefighter has been injured fighting a fire on the city’s east side Sunday morning. The firefighter suffered smoke inhalation at a fire on Mack near Chalmers. He was taken to St. John’s Hospital.
The fire is at a former pest control company. Deputy Fire Chief Vincent Gibson says it was a hazmat fire.
He adds that with the city’s financial troubles – the cuts are affecting the fire department.
“That has seriously depleted this side of town. I can’t tell you exactly how many crews are here … they’ve been moved around a bit, but it has put a serious damper on our manpower,” said Gibson.
“It makes it harder on everybody … less manpower and the guys have to work a little bit harder,” he said.
Gibson says they have at least 20 fewer firefighters on the east side, saying that everybody has to work a little harder.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.