Detroit firefighter injured in vacant apartment building fire - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Detroit firefighter injured in vacant apartment building fire

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) - A Detroit firefighter was injured when he fell through the floor of the second story at a vacant apartment near Henry Ford Hospital Monday morning. His fellow firefighter had tried to alert him of danger.

"With the noise, the fans, the fire, stretching the line he didn't hear the warnings and it was too late. He took one step and that was it," says Chief Eugene Biondo.

He says that firefighter is going to be okay but there are so many arsons in the area his firefighters can't catch a break. They left this scene at Sterling and Ferry Park for another arson at another apartment building on Buena Vista.

"What would I have to say to the arsonist? I don't really care. There's a person that doesn't care about life. We have nothing to say to them. They don't care anyways. This is what they do for excitement," says Biondo.

A former resident at the building Larry Birchfield tells Fox 2's Amy Lange he is upset with what's happened.

"It's sad. It's truly, truly sad because it was really a very, very beautiful building," Birchfield says.

But it is now just part of so much blight in this neighborhood and some of it's owned by the hospital.

Birchfield says this isn't the only apartment building that Henry Ford Hospital owns in this neighborhood. The other one is even in worse shape. At that building, you can see no roof and broken windows, some of which are boarded up.

A hospital spokesman says Henry Ford acquired this property on Sterling in 2011 in this condition and plans to refurbish both apartment buildings as part of its redevelopment district.

The hospital owns many buildings in the neighborhood but has no time frame for this redevelopment.

"It's a downright disgrace, a total disgrace," Birchfield says.

The buildings are not just eyesores but dangerous buildings that are beacons for arsonists, further taxing the overburdened Detroit Fire Department. The firefighters are already facing serious cuts to salaries and healthcare benefits in the bankruptcy in addition to fighting fires and the city's arsonists.

  • Amy LangeMore from Amy LangeMore>>

  • Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:10:35 GMT
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
  • Charges to be determined after teen dies in car crash

    Charges to be determined after teen dies in car crash

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:59:07 GMT
    Seven teenagers were on their way back from a bonfire late Friday night. A 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of the Ford Expedition with her mom also in the car.
    Seven teenagers were on their way back from a bonfire late Friday night. A 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of the Ford Expedition with her mom also in the car.
  • How to handle a dog attack

    How to handle a dog attack

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:48:45 GMT
    After a 46-year-old jogger was killed in a dog attack, a local expert gives advise on what to do if you're attacked by a dog.
    After a 46-year-old jogger was killed in a dog attack, a local expert gives advise on what to do if you're attacked by a dog.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices