Arson blamed for multiple-home fire on Detroit's west side

Detroit Fire Department: Abandoned home set on fire, neighboring homes catch fire as well

Published On: Jun 17 2012 07:53:36 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 17 2012 11:25:22 AM EDT

The Detroit Fire Department is investigating a Saturday morning fire as arson on the city’s west side.

An arsonist set fire to an abandoned house around 3 a.m. Saturday near Woodmere Street and Norman Street, police say. The fire spread quickly to the surrounding occupied homes, setting the homes on fire and endangering the families inside.

Watch: Raw video of damage to homes

The families inside the occupied homes saw the flames and smelled the smoke, and were able to escape from the blaze in time. Only one woman was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, and no other injuries were reported.

Both families were displaced by the fires, and the Salvation Army has been helping them with needs they may have.