• Firefighters: Highland Park Firebug At Large

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    HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – Highland Park fire investigators said a firebug is on the loose after firefighters battled nine overnight fires between McNichols and the Davison Freeway.

    Investigators said eight homes and one garage were set on fire

     Firefighters were still dousing the homes with water more than six hours later. All of the fires were under control by mid-morning.

    All the homes were believed to be abandoned but the fire did spread to a house that was occupied.

     

    Police said two adults, one teen and two young children were inside that home.

    “She finally grabbed her baby and ran down stairs. We all ran downstairs. We had no clothes on and didn’t have time to grab anything,” said fire victim Jennifer Jakubowski.

    No one was injured.

    “You ruined my home and the things in it. Not only that, but almost took the lives of me and my children. You’re sure not doing anyone any favors,” said Jakubowski.

    Highland Park firefighters had to call in several other departments to help battle the fires including Detroit and Hamtramck.

    Fire investigators suspect arson in the original fire, which started on Midland Street, and quickly spread to nearby homes.

    “The house next door was in flames and it looked like it was about to get ready to catch our house next,” said resident Ciera Edwards.

    Starting around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

    Six fires were on Midland Street and three were reported on Puritan Street.

     Firefighters were still dousing the homes with water more than six hours later. All of the fires were under control by mid-morning.

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