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Heidelberg Project’s ‘Taxi House’ Latest Arson Victim

Fox2Detroit Reports that another house that is part of the Heidelberg Project on Detroit’s east side burned early Sunday morning.

The “Taxi House,” which is located on Mount Elliot Street near Elba Place is the latest house to burn in a recent string of fires.

The Heidelberg Project has boosted security in the area following the suspicious fires that started last year.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

The Heidelberg Project released the following statement Sunday morning on their Facebook page:

We just broke the news to Tyree that another Heidelberg home had been set on fire overnight, marking the twelfth time an art installation     in the two-block area has been     and primarily wooden construction.

We are thankful for the hard work of the Detroit Fire Department to contain and extinguish the blaze before the entire structure was     engulfed. As of now, we don’t know much     about the fire and are still trying to learn as much as we can.

This fire comes only one year after a string of arson attacks destroyed four HP homes in less than one month. As we have been taking     time to reflect on that chaotic period,     we have been repeatedly reminded of the love we received from all of you. Thank you all for     your support as we continue to face this negative force; spirits are high. We know one thing better than ever: ‘You can’t burn a vision.’

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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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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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WWJ Radio:

“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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Packard Plant On Fire Yet Again

I turned on the news this morning to see the old Packard Plant is on fire again. Who set the fire is not clear, but they do think it was intentional. Often times these fires are started by some careless hobos, who frequently burn things inside these types of buildings to stay warm, or some punk kids playing with matches. Either way, fire is nothing new to the Packard Plant, or the residents of Detroit for that matter.

Fire Breaks Out at Detroit’s Packard Plant: MyFoxDETROIT.com

The Asron Unit of the Detroit Fire Department were at this scene this morning.

The fire, reported at 6:45am today, began on the 3rd floor of the building on East Grand Boulevard, according to Detroit Fire Department Arson Capt. Steve Varnas. The blaze appears to be intentionally set and the investigation continues.

The fire was still going at about 11am this morning, one of many blazes that firefighters respond to monthly at the plant.

“When they’re over there with 30 firefighters, that leaves holes in the city,” said Varnas. “That is why we must stop these fires.”

Arson Capt. Patrick McNulty said firefighters are only allowed to spray the blaze from outside the ruins of the old plant.

“There’s standing orders not to go in there,” McNulty said. “It’s just too dangerous for the firefighters.”

In the summer of 2010, firefighters discovered a car on fire with a body inside, McNulty said. The case was turned over to the Detroit Police homicide division.

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