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Structure fires down in Detroit

Posted at 10:43 PM, Feb 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-10 22:43:08-05

DETROIT, Mich. — Structure fires in Detroit have declined over the last five years.

According to fire department officials, they credit the drop to aggressive blight elimination, bolstered arson investigations and community education.

The Detroit News reporters the average number of structure fires annually has dropped 42 percent since 2014.

However, the fire union's president questions the department's data. He also says the city is inadequately staffed to fight fires.