Halloween

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Detroit, MI - October 31, 2011 at 1720 hours Companies from the 6th Battalion responded to the area of Gratiot and Sylvester on the report of a dwelling fire. Leaving Quarters L10 reported heavy smoke in the area of Gratiot and Ellery and the first Engine would be stretching. E23 arriving on the scene reported they were stretching on a vacant 1 1/2 story wood frame going through out. Heavy fire was observed on the first floor and crews took a defensive posture in fighting this fire. L10 was placed to the roof and vertical ventilation operations were performed. Upon deeming the structure safe to enter C6 allowed crews inside to complete the knock down of the fire and perform overhaul operations. E9/23/41 L10 S3 and C6 worked at this fire. Submitted by Jason Frattini

Devil’s Night in Detroit

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Detroit, MI - October 30th, 2011 (Devil's Night) Companies throughout the City responded to multiple Box Alarms throughout the day. As it is on this day most of the fires were suspicious in nature. The Detroit Fire Department this year by orders of the Fire Commissioner used an additive to help extinguish the fires faster. With the heightened level of security the Detroit Police Department along with members of the Detroit Fire Department Arson Squad, ATF and ICE responded to all of the fires to aid in crowd control. The Detroit News Media reported only 18 working fires from Midnight to Midnight of the 30th, and some 50,000 "Angel's Night" volunteers were reported to have patrolled the streets in an effort to cut down on the number of Arson fires. Photos are by Jason Frattini