Foreclosed Houses Burn More Often

744 houses that burned in 2015 were foreclosed on in 2014 or 2015.

Structures foreclosed on by Wayne County in 2014 or 2015 burned at a disproportionately higher rate in 2015 than other houses in the city.

Some of these fires were set by tenants after they were evicted or departed. While only 33% of fires in occupied homes not facing foreclosure were suspicious, 41% of similar fires in foreclosed homes were suspicious. 

Vacant, foreclosed homes have an especially high arson rate. 73% of vacated foreclosed homes had fires that were suspicious in nature. The map below shows high concentrations of fires in neighborhoods experiencing a significant number of foreclosures.

Occupied Foreclosures

Vacant Foreclosures

Distribution of foreclosed house fires throughout the City of Detroit in 2015.

Distribution of foreclosed house fires throughout the City of Detroit in 2015.

Land Bank Ownership

449 structures that burned were owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

After foreclosure, building ownership is transferred over to the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Occupancy

Damage Severity

Fires in Land Bank Owned Properties will cost an estimated $4.1 million to demolish.

At an average cost of $13,774, demolishing houses damaged by fire will cost over $4 million.