Detroiters work to stop arson on Angels' Night

Volunteers to hit Detroit streets to help stop arson on Angels' Night

By Hank Winchester - Reporter


Many Detroit residents are bracing for the upcoming Angels' Night, hoping the campaign makes a difference and stops more arson in the city.

Every year around Halloween abandoned homes are set on fire in Detroit. Volunteers have been hitting the streets to help stop the arsonists.

It's a huge concern for Detroiters such as Brenda Quintero.

"We just got lights on the street. After four years of being without street lights, we got it back about a month ago," she said.

Quintero helps run a homeless shelter in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the middle of the city. There is a lot of blight nearby. She says she sees volunteers every year on Angels Night, but she also sees those out making trouble. This year, Quintero is preparing for the worst.

"We watered down the building. We have our hose prepared and ready. Definitely we have extra lighting on," she said.

Volunteers will be out patrolling between Oct. 29 and Oct. 31. in 2011, there were 94 arson-related fires on Angels' Night. A curfew will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. this year.

"Our goal is at the Fire Department is to do all we can to keep this city off of the national news with negative coverage about structures burning in the city," said Detroit Fire Commissioner Don Austin.

-- Volunteers are needed to help patrol Detroit neighborhoods on Angels' Night.

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