Toddler hospitalized after ‘suspicious’ house fire on Detroit’s east side

Authorities say incident being treated as child abuse matter

Toddler hospitalized following 'suspicious' Detroit house fire

DETROIT – A toddler was rescued early Monday morning from a Detroit house fire that officials are calling “suspicious.”

The Detroit Fire Department says they rescued an 18-month-old child at about 3:20 a.m. Monday from a home that caught fire in the 11800 block of Riad Street on Detroit’s east side. It is currently unclear how severe the fire was, where it was located inside the home and where the child was in relation to the fire.

The child appeared to be injured in the fire and was taken to a children’s hospital, officials said.

Authorities are calling the cause of the fire suspicious and an arson squad is investigating.

Officials say the case is also being treated as a child abuse matter and police are investigating the incident. The parents of the child reportedly did not tell authorities that there was a child in the home at the time of the incident.

There were also reportedly 12 dogs inside the home at the time of the fire. It is currently unclear if any were injured.

Stay with Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit as we share updates on this developing story.

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