2 Firefighters Injured While Battling Blaze At Former Phoenix Academy In Southwest Detroit

One firefighter was listed in critical condition.

WWJ News
October 10, 2019 - 8:40 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) -- Two Detroit firefighters were hospitalized after suffering injuries while fighting a fire at an abandoned school in Southwest Detroit Thursday night.

The second-alarm fire broke out at the now-abandoned Phoenix Academy, a K-8 school that closed in 2016.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell told WWJ the vacant building is very large and it's "easy to get disoriented inside."

Two firefighters were injured and one was listed in critical condition, but the victims' conditions had not been updated as of 11:30 p.m.

Fornell says the fire is believed to have started in the auditorium but the cause was unknown.

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