'Suspicious' Fire Rages Through Three Buildings In Southwest Detroit

WWJ News
August 30, 2019 - 7:50 am

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Investigators are trying to determine if a fire that raged through three buildings in southwest Detroit, completely destroying one of them, was intentionally set. 

The fire took off around 5 a.m. Friday on West Vernor just east of Junction and quickly spread through three neighboring buildings. 

Deputy Fire Chief Gary Fisher said firefighters had to keep the "rest of the block from burning down." 

Two people were rescued from an upstairs apartment in one of the buildings. A firefighter fell from a ladder during the rescue and injured his ribs. No other injuries were reported. 

One building is a total loss while the other two are damaged. 

Investigators are still trying to determine an exact cause of the fire, but say it is considered suspicious. 

An investigation is ongoing.