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.


DISPLACEMENT

An estimated

1,193 Residents were displaced

by 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. 


DEMOLITION

Houses classified with "major" or "collapsed" damage will likely require demolition. Based on these numbers, demolition of houses damaged by fire in 2015 will cost millions of dollars.

Collapsed house

Collapsed house

At least

481 Houses

were damaged badly enough that they wil require demolition.
Another

757 Houses

will require demolition unless they are immediately repaired.
 
House being demolished on the west side of the city

House being demolished on the west side of the city

The average cost of demolition per house is

$13,774

Demolishing 481 collapsed houses will cost

$6.63 million

Demolishing 757 houses with major damage will cost

$10.4 million

The combined demolition cost for houses with major levels of damage or have collapsed will total over

$17.03 million

 

Houses That Will Need to be Demolished

Structures with fire damage of moderate and collapsed that will likely require demolition in the near future.

Structures with fire damage of moderate and collapsed that will likely require demolition in the near future.