Neighbors say squatters are responsible for setting two fires overnight at the same home on Detroit’s northwest side.
Officials say a 51-year-old man who was trying to stay warm on Detroit’s west side was killed in a house fire.
As the Midtown and downtown areas continue to thrive, many in the neighborhoods say fire safety is often a bigger concern than crime.
Four homes were destroyed or damaged by fire overnight in Highland Park. Three of them were already abandoned, while the fourth saw two people barely escape with their lives.
A west side Detroit home has become a make-shift billboard with an ominous warning: Squatters will be shot.
Detroit firefighters quickly sprung into action Friday morning as flames lit up the sky in Midtown.
Arson investigators suspect squatters may be responsible for an explosion on Detroit’s east side Wednesday morning.
Charles Brown, 62, said he’s been squatting in his home for about a year. He said he installed windows and doors and uses the fireplace for heat.
A Warren mother and her four children are burned out of their home, in what police are calling an act of arson.