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Angels’ Night fires plummet to lowest on record

·      City finishes campaign with 52 fires – down from 97 in 2014

·      Mayor credits “total community effort” for the success

Detroit at dusk

Source: Vito Palmisano / Getty

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined today with an array of city and community leaders to give Detroiters some good news:  The Angels won this year in spectacular fashion.

Over the three days of the annuals Angels’ Night volunteer patrol, Detroit Firefighters responded to a record low of 52 fires.  After years in the hundreds, the Angels’ Night three-day totals appeared to have plateaued over the past five years in the mid-90s.  This year, however, thanks to relentless volunteers and thousands fewer vacant homes in the city, those numbers plummeted to nearly half of those numbers. Fewer than half the fires – 23 – were deemed suspicious.

Interim Fire Commissioner Eric Jones, Police Chief James Craig, Councilwoman Janee Ayers and the Department of Neighborhoods District Managers, who led the volunteer coordination effort, joined Mayor Duggan.  Also at the event was Jim Thrower, one of the McDonald’s franchisees who donated a collective $10,000 to this year’s effort.

“I can’t say enough about the dedicated volunteers who have come out year after year.  This is their accomplishment,” said Mayor Duggan.  “This was a total community effort.”

For a daily breakdown of the number of fires and other relevant statistics about Angels’ Night, please visit http://www.detroitmi.gov/News/ArticleID/533/Angels-Night-fires-plummet-to-lowest-on-record 

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