Nightside Report April 16, 2021: Baby rescued from Detroit fire after mother says house is empty, Michigan school districts struggle over decision to go remote

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Local 4 News at 6 -- April 16, 2021
Local 4 News at 6 -- April 16, 2021

Baby found, rescued from Detroit fire after mother says house is empty

DETROIT – An 18-month-old baby girl was rescued from a house fire on Riad Street on Detroit’s east side.

The Detroit Fire Department said the fire is suspicious and reported the home was full of toxic smoke and burning accelerants.

Detroit Firefighter LaVaughn Williams said it was a surprise to find the young girl inside her crib. Authorities said not one person who got out of the home told fire crews there was a baby inside.

Williams said the room was filled with thick black smoke when he saw movement in the crib.

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 779,777; Death toll now at 16,771

4 Fast Facts

  • There’s a tug-of-war emerging between school boards and educators over which decision is best for kids. Click here to read more.
  • The mystery behind a Macomb County creek turning neon green has been solved. Click here to read more.
  • Michigan state Rep. Jewell Jones was arraigned Friday on several charges in connection with a collision in Fowlerville. Click here to read more.
  • A competition across Metro Detroit looks to find who can raise the most money for charity. Click here to read more.

Be Informed

Michigan extends COVID mask mandate to children as young as 2

Michigan has extended the COVID-19 order that implemented restrictions on gatherings, restaurants, entertainment venues and more.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services expanded mask requirements to include children ages 2-4 years old. The order runs through May 24.

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Semiconductor shortage impacts Big Three automakers

The coronavirus pandemic helped cause the automotive semiconductor shortage. The scarcity is lasting as long as the pandemic has and is almost as expensive.

It’s becoming a weekly wrangle trying to figure out which auto plants will have to close because of the chip shortage. The Dearborn Assembly plant is still building Ford F-150s, which are filling up the parking lots, but they can’t sell them yet as the automaker waits for the computer chips needed to make them fully functional.

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UK researchers conducting ‘mix and match’ COVID-19 vaccine trials

We’ve heard that COVID-19 vaccines are not mixed and matched and that both doses are needed from the same vaccine.

But a study is underway in the United Kingdom to see if that might be possible or even preferable.

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