Two Firefighters Injured in Detroit Apartment Fire

Detroit firefighters operate a stream from an aerial at an apartment fir.

Photos and article by Dennis Walus

At approximately 0150 on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Detroit 5th Battalion companies responded to a reported fire in an apartment building at Richton & Lawton.


Engine 40 arrived on the scene and reported a vacant apartment building that had extended from a vacant dwelling and stretched. Chief 5 arrived on the scene and assumed incident command and requested an additional engine and truck to the scene.

Crews preformed an interior attack, but because of the progress of the fire and condition of the structure, Chief 5 ordered all companies out of the building. Firefighters switched to a defensive attack.

Two firefighters were injured and transported for smoke inhalation. With Heavy fire conditions, Ladder 7 was placed into position for aerial operations. Firefighting operations were also hampered by low water pressure in the area.

Chief 5 requested a second alarm for this incident. Companies operated in defensive mode for five hours to bring this fire under control.

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