Downed power lines ignite at least 24 blazes on ‘worst’ day in 20 years.
At least two dozen buildings were ablaze across large sections of Detroit Tuesday night as winds knocked over power lines and fanned flames.
Electricity was knocked out to 113,000 Michigan homes and businesses, said DTE Energy and CMS Energy Corp.
Local News Coverage of Fire [VIDEO]:
No injuries were reported.
“There’s no fire bug here,” Detroit Fire Department Capt. Steve Varnas told the Detroit Free Press as he surveyed the damage from a blaze in the area of Van Dyke and 7 Mile that had claimed at least 17 structures. “Throughout the whole city, the same thing is happening: Wires down everywhere.”
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High winds were causing dead limbs to fall from trees, knocking down the wires that have been igniting, Varnas said.
Winds were gusting to 50 mph and humidity was low.
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