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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-08-10 03:12 AM
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Downed power wires blamed in some Detroit fires
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Posted: 7:28 p.m. Sept. 7, 2010 | Updated: 10:17 p.m. Sept. 7, 2010
Downed power wires blamed in some Detroit fires


Theres no fire bug here, said Detroit Fire Department Capt. Steve Varnas surveying 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.

High winds were causing dead limbs to fall from trees, knocking down the wires which have been igniting, Varnas said.

The blaze at Van Dyke and 7 Mile was caused when a downed wire landed on top of a garage behind a house that was being rehabbed, he said.

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For the first time in my knowledge, we have companies that are not available. And more than that, from what I hear, were not making our runs in a timely manner. This is terrible because a fire doubles in size every two to three minutes, McNamara said. And its not an anomaly just because theres a windstorm, he emphasized. Weve had every kind of storm in history. This is a major embarrassment. I just hope nobody gets hurt.

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