An investigator on the scene told WWJ it appears the man was badly beaten before the apartment was intentionally set on fire.
The First Unitarian Church on Woodward Avenue was built in 1889.
A 64-year-old man jumped to his death four years ago as flames spread through the Highland Park apartment building.
Reports said the family members found dead had fireworks strapped to their bodies.
A family of four killed in a mansion fire in Tampa have connections to metro Detroit.
Firefighters believe a blaze that quickly engulfed a home on the city’s west side and spread to others nearby was deliberately set.
“I want people to know that if you come into Detroit and you try to set a fire… we will find you and we will prosecute to the full extent of the law.”
A man charged in connection with a gang rape reported just prior to a blaze that gutted a 42-unit apartment building faces an arson charge in a separate fire.
Officials say when fires like this happen, sometimes it’s best to just let it burn.
Firefighters in Detroit battled single digit temperatures and frozen hoses as they fought a suspicious fire on the city’s west side.