Detroit Fires: Nearly 100 Homes Burned By Wind-Whipped Flames. Detroit firefighters say downed electrical wires and high winds are responsible for a sudden rash of fires that burned dozens of homes on the city’s east side Tuesday afternoon.
No injuries or fatalities were reported, but the flames burned 85 homes, including 18 that were vacant, the Detroit Free Press reported. As many as 50,000 people were left without electricity. Wind gusts of up to 50 m.p.h. were responsible for spreading the flames, according to the National Weather Service. One resident, Louvenia Wallace, 31, told the Free Press she and her children fled their neighborhood and had to stay at a nearby home in a safe area. “It was like blankets of smoke everywhere and the next thing I know everybody’s house was in fire.” Fires burn across Detroit as high winds knock down power lines. By the CNN Wire Staff September 8, 2010 7:34 a.m.
EDT High winds spread fires in Detroit The fire department responded to 140 calls for wires downFire crews from Dearborn, Warren and Harper Woods assistedHigh winds are believed to have knocked down power lines. Detroit firefighter shares hundreds of photos showing 'Death of the Motor City' DETROIT, MI - Shane Klug doesn't want to hear ill-informed smack talk about Detroit.
The city is far from fixed, and the 40-year-old Detroit firefighter is in a unique spot to document the city's most obvious struggles; he has no reservations about showing the world the parts of Detroit that haven't been touched by redevelopment, but those who aren't from the city are better off keeping their mouths shut, he thinks. "Detroit's like your sibling, like your crazy sister, and you know she's crazy, but no one else better say that about her," Klug said over breakfast at Zeff's Coney Island in Eastern Market. Klug has been fighting fires -- countless fires -- since 2002 in Detroit, a city that's fascinated him since the first time he drove through it with his dad in the '80s. "I'd never seen ruins like this," he said. Detroit Murders 2012. The rise and fall of Detroit: A timeline.
Sign Up for Our free email newsletters On Thursday, Detroit made history — and not in a good way.
The heart of the U.S. auto industry and home to the Detroit Tigers, Eminem and the White Stripes, Motown, and (maybe) Jimmy Hoffa's body became the largest city ever to file for bankruptcy. Tech and innovation power Detroit's manufacturing revival. Similar efforts are under way in Detroit to foster innovation and entrepreneurism.
These include the Obama administration's manufacturing innovation institute, called Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), launched in January, and the philanthropic New Economy Initiative (NEI), an economic development initiative working to build a network of support for entrepreneurs and small businesses. "We don't support entrepreneurs directly, but the ecosystem that does," explained David Egner, executive director of NEI, which has raised $135 million to fund entrepreneurs and programs like LIFT. Egner said that about 20 percent of its recipients are budding manufacturers, making things like heated motorcycle jackets, wooden pallets and carbon dioxide-based coolants for machinery.
Many are former autoworkers who have hooked up with TechTown, a nonprofit innovation hub and incubator situated in a 135,000-square-foot downtown facility provided by General Motors.