Man killed in house fire on Detroit’s west side, officials say

Firefighters still investigating what caused fire

Firefighters at the scene of an April 20, 2022, fire on Marlowe Street in Detroit. (WDIV)

DETROIT – A man was killed Wednesday when a house caught fire on Detroit’s west side, officials said.

The fire started around 8 a.m. Wednesday (April 20) at a home in the 18400 block of Marlowe Street, according to the chief.

The scene of an April 20, 2022, fire on Marlowe Street in Detroit. (WDIV)

“Our arson team is on the scene,” Detroit fire Chief James Harris said. “We’re doing a thorough investigation, and we’ll have some answers shortly.”

There was a family inside the burning home when firefighters arrived, according to Harris. Firefighters went in to save them, but one person didn’t survive, the chief said.

The victim is believed to be a man in his late 60s or early 70s.

“This is the worst part of our career,” Harris said. “This is the last thing we want to happen. We train hard for this, and we train to make sure we rescue everybody. Unfortunately, sometimes things like this happen.”

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.


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