Man, Elderly Woman Hospitalized After ‘Suspicious’ Fire

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Firefighters investigate a "suspicious" house fire on Detroit's east side. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Firefighters investigate a “suspicious” house fire on Detroit’s east side. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit firefighters say a house fire that sent two people to the hospital might have been deliberately set.

The fire took off early Wednesday morning at a large brick home on East Grand Boulevard, between Mack and Gratiot avenues on the city’s east side.

Battalion Chief John Slavik told WWJ’s Mike Campbell when firefighters arrived on the scene, a man came running out of the home with burns to his face and hands. That man was taken to the hospital, along with an elderly female neighbor who complained about breathing problems.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but Slavik said something just didn’t smell right about this fire.

“There was an odor of gasoline on the front porch so, we’re going to make it suspicious and do an investigation,” he said.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com for the latest.


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