A busy Angel's Night for Flint firefighters
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:54:04 GMT —
The night before Halloween, known as Angel's Night or Devil's Night, is typically a night full of fires in Flint, Saginaw and Detroit.
Last year in Flint, there were six fires. This year, officials report there were only four major fires along with other smaller fires.
Of the four fires, three were vacant buildings and the fourth one an occupied home.
Fire officials say the first happened around 9:45pm on East Dayton Street. The vacant structure was fully engulfed when crews arrived. The battalion chief on duty at the time tells NBC 25 a man was detained and questioned. A gas can was also found as evidence. It's unclear if he was arrested.
Crews were then called out to the 300 block of West Dartmouth Street around 10:30pm for a two-story vacant fire.
Half an hour later another call went out, to the 200 block of East Sherman Street. Officials say this structure had already burned prior to last night's fire.
At 11:30pm, crews then responded to a house fire at the 57-hundred block of Glenn Avenue on the city's North side. This home was occupied but we're told the people were not home at the time of the fire. Neighbors say the two men that live inside had just left for work when the fire started in the bedroom.
What fire officials say was the last major fire of the night happened at 12:30am on the 11-hundred block of Oak Street. An attached garage was on fire when crews arrived. We're told the rest of the house was already damaged from a previous fire. Fire Chief David Cox himself, helped put out the fire with a fire extinguisher until crews arrived to spray it down.
A combination of volunteers, increased patrols, and the rainy weather are all credited by officials for fires not getting out of control. The Blue Badge program continues tonight with five mini-stations being manned by volunteers. Curfews are still in effect for minors.