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Trees and remnants of a house stand in the embers of an abandon dwelling fire at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014.

Devil’s Night in Detroit, 2014

MLive Detroit crime reporter Gus Burns reported, “Detroit officials have reported 66 fires since Midnight Tuesday, 31 of which have been deemed suspicious, likely arson. The heaviest night of fires is traditionally Oct. 30, known as Devil’s night to arsonists and Angels’ Night to the public-private coordinated effort attempting to thwart the efforts of firebugs. Mayor Mike Duggan’s office reports 38 fires on Thursday though midnight, 24 of which were labeled suspicious. That’s’ a reduction by one fire compared to the same period in 2013.”

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A Detroit Firefighters prepares to use the hose on a fire that spread into abandon third structure at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. At the same time and less than a mile away DFD fought two other vacant dwelling fires.

Trees and remnants of a house stand in the embers of an abandon dwelling fire at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014.

Trees and remnants of a house stand in the embers of an abandon dwelling fire at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014.

Two Detroit Firefighters control a tower ladder from atop their engine at two abandon dwelling fires at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. At the same time and less than a mile away DFD fought two other vacant dwelling fires.

Two Detroit Firefighters control a tower ladder from atop their engine at two abandon dwelling fires at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. At the same time and less than a mile away DFD fought two other vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters stand in nearly knee-deep water as they fought an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters stand in nearly knee-deep water as they fought an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

The grass burns at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

The grass burns at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters use fire 3 hoses to fight two fully-engulfed abandon dwelling fires at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. DFD tried to stop it the fire from spreading further to an occupied dwelling adjacent to the abandon dwelling. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters use fire 3 hoses to fight two fully-engulfed abandon dwelling fires at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. DFD tried to stop it the fire from spreading further to an occupied dwelling adjacent to the abandon dwelling. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Flames shoot high into the air as Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St., between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side, just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Flames shoot high into the air as Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St., between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side, just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Trees and remnants of a house stand in the embers of an abandon dwelling fire at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014.

Trees and remnants of a house stand in the embers of an abandon dwelling fire at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014.

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Man Is Offering To Sell His Detroit House For An iPhone 6

This east side house in Detroit is definitely for sale. But after months and months on the market and a few price drops, the homeowner isn’t after your money.

“It’s a real listing,” said realtor Larry Else. “My client is overseas and he told me he would be willing to trade the properly for an iPhone 6.

“It sounds to me like he wants the (iPhone 6+) version, but I think he’s willing to negotiate.”

The seller will even swap the house for a 32-gigabyte iPad.

The three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom brick colonial is on Britain and Lainge and is a fixer-upper.

But it has it’s “gems” as Zillow.com mentions, including a finished basement.

There is also a plush garden, and city views from the upper deck where a chair sits outside.

The bungalow was listed for $5,000 then dropped to $3,000, or the latest and greatest in Apple technology.

“It needs to be torn down,” said Ameir Walker.

Not everyone feels that way.

“I work on houses, so I would love to have it for that,” said Jamal Kemp. “It doesn’t take a lot of money to fix these houses back up. I would (be willing to buy it).”

There is one tiny little catch, the buyer will have to pay the back taxes $6,000 and counting, but like most things in life, that too is negotiable.

Is there anyway someone with the new iPhone can sweeten the deal, like you pay some of the back taxes and they throw in some headphones maybe a screen protector?

“We’d be willing to do a deal,” Else said. “They would be able to get it on quick claim but eventually they would have to play the back taxes. He might be willing to take anything maybe an Android, I don’t know, maybe an Android?”

This deal won’t last forever – the realtor says this house will stay on the market until Wayne County forecloses on the property which could happen in the next year.

To contact realtor Larry Else, email Larry@realityflo.com or call at (586) 453-7078.

 

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Fire Hydrant Rigged To Provide Water To Detroit Coffee Shop

A makeshift system of plastic pipe, garden hoses, duct tape and towels is providing water service to a downtown Detroit coffeehouse and an adjoining jewelry store as city repairs to the water system are on hold.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department hooked up the system to a fire hydrant several months ago following a water main problem, but two area buildings are too unstable for immediate repairs, the Detroit Free Press reported (http://on.freep.com/1x1UU5z ).

Water and Sewerage Department spokesman Greg Eno said it will cost about $100,000 to have the buildings in the alley secured with netting and scaffolding before repairs take place. In a statement Thursday, the city said the money has been placed into escrow by the owner of one of the unstable buildings and work is taking place to strip loose brick from the building to make it safe for crews to repair the water main.

The temporary water hookup has been in use since July. It’s is another example of creative fixes to daily problems in bankrupt Detroit, where tires are used to plug missing covers from manholes and firefighters use a can filled with screws that’s knocked over by paper from a fax machine to alert themselves to emergencies.

Falling bricks from the building near the water main prompted the city to file a nuisance abatement lawsuit against the building’s owner. Work to the building is expected to take about two weeks, and once the site is safe, the city restore water service, Melvin “Butch” Hollowell, the city’s chief attorney, said in a statement.

The makeshift water system is the only way that Chris Jaszczak, 66, owner of 1515 Broadway, is able to serve coffee to his customers. All water served is boiled first, and customers at the coffeehouse a few blocks from the home of the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park aren’t offered tap water.

Crews need to dig to the water main to fix a leak detected at a neighboring business, the newspaper reported, but the worry is that vibration from heavy equipment will jar loose bricks and other debris on the two buildings. Jaszczak said pieces of one of the buildings regularly fall.

Dan Martinez, co-operator of the coffeehouse, advised a Free Press reporter to wear a helmet when walking in the alley.

“I don’t even walk back there,” he said.

Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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Detroit Firefighter Injured During 40ft Fall While Fighting Fire at the Fisher Body plant

A Detroit firefighter is in stable condition after he fell from an aerial bucket Wednesday morning while battling a fire at the old Fisher Body plant.

Ladder 7 firefighter Nicholas Benskey was pulled away from the debris, put on a stretcher and taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital.

“He initially was knocked unconscious. After a bit, he came to,” said Second Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Dougherty. “He knew who he was and where he was.”

Benskey, who is married and a father of four, has been with the department for 10 years.

Fire Chief John King said investigators are still working to find out what led to the fall.

“We have belts on there to secure you in place,” King said — but he declined to answer whether he knew if Benskey was wearing one.

Crews initially responded about 4:30 a.m. to extinguish a fire and they returned to the scene around 7:30 a.m. when the fire rekindled.

The plant is near I-75 and I-94.

The audio above from firefighterdispatch is from the fire this (Wednesday) morning at the Fisher Body plant in Detroit that injured Firefighter Nicholas Benskey, who jumped from the bucket of the tower ladder as a portion of the building collapsed.

At 5:39 you hear someone radio to the bucket to back up and then the messages get more urgent. This is followed by the firefighter on the radio saying “Don’t jump!” The next transmission is for EMS to come to the scene.

Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Dougherty told reporters this morning, “Part of the building started to collapse. It appears that one of the firefighters then jumped out of the bucket.” Indications are the Firefighter Benskey dropped about 30 feet. A second firefighter in the bucket of the tower ladder was not injured.

Wednesday evening WJBK-TV reported the following on Firefighter Benskey’s condition:

(UPDATE) Benskey’s wife, Robin, posted an update on her Facebook page tonight. She wrote:

“Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers! God was watching out for Nick today because he is very lucky to be alive. He is doing as good as can be expected.

“He is in a lot of pain, he has 4 broken ribs and a punctured lung. But he is in good spirits, has had many guys from the fire department come visit and make him smile.

“He can’t wait to go home but knows he needs the rest and won’t get that at the zoo we love in. Keep the prayers up, they are doing a world of good! Love to everyone!

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Two firefighters were in the bucket near a southeast corner of the building when it started to collapse. One of the firefighters, in his 30s, jumped out of the bucket to safety and fell about 40 feet.

“It appeared, at the time, a portion of the building was coming directly at the ladder,” said Second Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Dougherty with the Detroit Fire Department.

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Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press:

“He initially was knocked unconscious,” said second deputy Detroit fire commissioner Craig Dougherty. “After a bit, he came to and he knew who he was, and he knew where he was.”

The firefighter, who has about 10 years of experience, was in the bucket with another firefighter, spraying flames into the second floor on the southeast side of the plant, Dougherty said. The second firefighter remained in the bucket and was uninjured, he said.

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WJBK-TV:

Dougherty says Benskey was initially knocked unconscious but has since came to and was aware of who he was. Benskey is said to be in stable condition. 

Benskey is 35 years old, has been on the job for 10 years and just graduated nursing school. 

A second firefighter was also in the bucket. That firefighter was not injured.

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“He’s a great firefighter, a young guy, probably got about 10 years on the job now,” Second Fire Commissioner Craig Dougherty said.

Fire Chief Stanley Davis said a counselor will be on hand for the rest of the day to talk things over with the crew.

“Just for the guys to talk, to be able to express any concerns or anything like that. It’s like family members. Anytime one of your family members is hurt, everybody hurts,” he said.

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