Fire has long-ranging impact on the City of Detroit.
Fire has become an everyday part of life in some parts of Detroit. The large number of vacant homes in occupied neighborhoods makes fire a constant threat to the residents that live nearby. The cost of fires extends beyond simply putting out the fire: thousands of lives are directly impacted by fire every year, and millions of dollars will be needed to demolish fire-damaged structures.
1,193 Residents were displacedby fire in 2015 when their houses were damaged beyond repair.
Another 872 residents were possibly displaced by fire in 2015.
Residents lose most of their possessions in a fire. Property loss costs millions of dollars, but the emotional and social costs that go along with displacement and lost are incalculable. It is not known how many people moved to other homes after a fire or left the city altogether.