One firefighter said that the closest ladder truck to Engine Company 33, Ladder 13, is about four miles away.
A 26-year-old man has been charged with third-degree arson in connection with a string of fires set in Detroit buildings.
Charlotte Jackson was being treated for burns over about 40 percent of her body.
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.”