DETROIT (WWJ) – Two firefighters were injured Tuesday while fighting a house fire on Detroit’s west side.

The fire started with an explosion garage of the house, on Hazelwood and 14th Street, sending heavy smoke blowing down the block.


City spokesman John Roach said two firefighters were taken to a local hospital — one of them with first degree burns from a flashover. The second, he said, also suffered first degree burns and was getting an x-ray for a suspected broken leg.

Roach said none of the injuries were believed to be critical.

Several people were inside the home when the fire broke out — including Shimeka Robinson, who spoke with WWJ’s Vickie Thomas at the scene.

“All I heard was my brothers and my dad yelling, and when I went to the back door, just a thing of heat — just a blaze — just hit my face; it was so strong,” she said.

The fire was upgraded to a two-alarm fire as crews continued to battle the blaze.

The cause of the fire remains unknown. Arson investigators were on the scene.


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