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Study: Little Asbestos Found After Detroit House Demolitions

Cost-savings and public safety benefits by swiftly demolishing dangerous vacant houses in Detroit could outweigh the risk of asbestos exposure to people in neighborhoods, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. A study of 25 emergency demolitions found small …

Another House Burns at Detroit Heidelberg Project

Another structure that is part of Detroit’s Heidelberg Project outdoor art installation has been destroyed by what officials said was a suspicious fire. The blaze was reported Sunday night at what’s known as “Clock House” on the city’s east side. …

Bankrupt Detroit Receives New Ambulances

The final group of 13 new ambulances has been received by the city of Detroit, Mich. Mayor Dave Bing will turn the keys to the vehicles over to fire officials during a ceremony Thursday morning at the city’s Public Safety …

Detroit Officials Reports 95 Fires Over 3-Day Halloween Period

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the city had 95 fires over a three-day period that included Halloween, about the same number as in 2011 and 2012. Detroit, Mich., has a notorious history of arson around Halloween. But the numbers lately …

Donors Give $8M for Detroit EMS Units, Police Cars

Several businesses have pledged a total $8 million to help cash-strapped Detroit pay for a new fleet of emergency vehicles including 23 EMS units and 100 police cars to boost public safety and reduce response times, Mayor Dave Bing announced …

Detroit to Lay Off 5% of Workforce; Investigate Insurance, Work Comp Fraud

Detroit officials say they’re making plans to lay off 400 to 500 city employees in the new year, roughly 5 percent of the workforce. The disclosure was made Dec. 7 as Mayor Dave Bing said he has enough votes in …

$20M for Detroit Demolitions Remains Unused

A published report says Detroit, Mich., has $20 million intended to demolish burned-out dwellings that’s sitting unused. The Detroit Free Press reports Tuesday that the money is part of the Fire Insurance Escrow Fund. It was created by a law …

Michigan Woman Says Fire Response Wasn’t Swift

A suburban Detroit, Mich., woman who returned home to find a basement fire says she was told by authorities that no firefighters were immediately available because they were responding to a separate house fire. The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens …

Michigan Fire Destroys 6 City Buses Costing $2M

Officials say an early-morning fire at a Detroit Department of Transportation bus yard destroyed six buses costing a total of more than $2 million. The fire Wednesday sent thick, black smoke into the air on the city’s west side. Officials …

Michigan Mayor Says Halloween Fires Down

Detroit, Mich., Mayor Dave Bing says fires during the Halloween period fell 44 percent from a year earlier. Bing told reporters Tuesday that the number of structure fires reported in the three-day span totaled 94, compared with 169 in the …