By Keith Jones, 25 January 2014
Firefighters and other emergency workers have pointed to the absence of a sprinkler system in the older half of the residence as the main reason for the horrendous loss of life.
By Shannon Jones, 6 January 2014
The deaths are the most recent in a series of tragedies related to the use of space heaters in cold weather.
By Eric London, 3 January 2014
Multi-billion dollar CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is likely to blame for an explosion in a working class neighborhood in Minneapolis, which killed at least one worker.
By our reporting team, 13 December 2013
Two Detroit house fires in the past week have left two children dead and other residents injured.
By our reporters, 28 October 2013
The callousness and profit interests of Consolidated Edison led to the deaths in the Highbridge section of New York City’s poorest borough.
By Samuel Davidson, 18 September 2013
Six members of one family, including five children, were killed in a fire that swept through their trailer home early Sunday morning in Tiffin, Ohio.
By Tom Eley, 8 July 2013
A July 4 house fire resulted in the deaths of seven members of a Lancaster, Pennsylvania household.
By Samuel Davidson and Tom Eley, 18 May 2013
Water service had been shut off two weeks before a tragic Mother’s Day house fire took the lives of four children and two adults in the small town of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 May 2013
An elderly couple, one of whom was disabled, died in a house fire in northeast Detroit, the latest fire-related tragedy in the city.
By Nick Barrickman, Rosa Shahnazarian and Matthew MacEgan, 29 April 2013
Two devastating house fires claimed the lives of nine people in Georgia and South Carolina last week.
By WSWS reporting team, 16 April 2013
Detroit firefighters will have a new contract imposed on them by emergency manager Kevyn Orr starting July 1.
By George Marlowe, 1 April 2013
A deadly fire in Sherrard, Illinois killed five people in a double-wide mobile home.
By K. Nesan, 13 March 2013
A fire in southern Germany on Sunday claimed the lives of eight members of a Turkish family.
By Naomi Spencer, 11 March 2013
A young couple and five small children died in a house fire in southeastern Kentucky Saturday morning.
By Adam Sagitov, 28 February 2013
A house fire claimed the lives of three children and one adult Thursday in a Washington, DC suburb.
By Lawrence Porter, 31 January 2013
Anger is growing over the death of a six-year-old boy in a Southwest Detroit house fire.
By Lawrence Porter, 30 January 2013
Early Tuesday morning, a six-year-old child died in a house fire on Detroit’s southwest side. His brother, 4, was hospitalized in critical condition.
By Bryan Dyne and Lawrence Porter, 28 January 2013
The Wayne County Medical Examiner issued a report stating that the child, Akira Perkins-Williams, succumbed to smoke inhalation.
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 January 2013
The Detroit Fire Department took 21 minutes to respond to a fire because nearby stations were either closed or browned out, a result of the cuts to public services in Detroit.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 January 2013
The past two weeks have seen a host of residential fires across the country resulting in multiple deaths, including many children.
By David Brown and Andre Damon, 7 December 2012
A 73-year old Alabama woman visiting relatives in Taylor, Michigan burned to death in a mobile home Thursday morning in a fire rescuers believe could have been ignited by a space heater.
Firefighter says budget cuts are “killing people.”
By Lawrence Porter and Bryan Dyne, 21 November 2012
A fire on the west side of Detroit early Sunday morning resulted in the deaths of an elderly couple in their 70s, Kyle and Theresa Bozeman.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 October 2012
Not until later reports of the tragedy were made public was it revealed that four of the five deaths were young children.
By Lawrence Porter and Bryan Dyne, 3 October 2012
WSWS reporters spoke to firefighters at the premiere of Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit.
By David Brown, 27 June 2012
Democratic Party Mayor Dave Bing of Detroit has announced plans to lay off 18 percent of the city’s firefighters.
Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for vice president
By Phyllis Scherrer, 21 April 2012
The tragic fires in Philadelphia last week, which claimed the lives of six residents and two firefighters, are an indictment of the social conditions created by the crisis and decay of American capitalism.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 April 2012
Three fires in less than a week have claimed eight lives in Philadelphia. Behind the tragedies looms a spiraling social crisis in the United States.
By Clara Weiss, 7 April 2012
At least 17 migrant workers, apparently undocumented and from Central Asian republics, died in a horrific fire in the southwest of Moscow early Tuesday morning.
By Clement Daly, 26 March 2012
A house fire in Charleston, West Virginia early Saturday morning left nine dead, including seven children.
By David Brown, 6 March 2012
A house fire Sunday night in a Detroit working class neighborhood claimed the life of an elderly woman and hospitalized her husband. WSWS reporters spoke with some of the neighbors.
By Christopher Davion and Kristina Betinis, 18 January 2012
A 32-year old woman died last week when the apartment building elevator delivered her into a blaze on the 12th floor.
By Naomi Spencer, 30 December 2011
A Columbus, Ohio family was killed in a house fire on Christmas Eve after a space heater ignited the mattress they were sleeping on.
By Lawrence Porter, 23 December 2011
A deadly fire erupted early Thursday morning in Hazel Park, Michigan, killing a retired auto worker and injuring three other people.
By Lawrence Porter, 12 December 2011
Early Friday morning a fire swept through a two-flat home on Detroit’s eastside, trapping two families with five children in a massive blaze.
By Lawrence Porter, 5 October 2011
According to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the largest increase in the number of Americans living in multi-generational households in modern history has occurred in the last three years.
By Hector Cordon, 2 May 2011
The fire appears to have been started by Tuan Dao, who perished along with his five children, after the bank foreclosed on his house and he was forced to file for bankruptcy.
By Lawrence Porter, 23 April 2011
A house fire on Detroit’s northeast side killed one child and severely injured another.
By Phyllis Scherrer and Andrea Peters, 10 March 2011
Late Tuesday evening a fire engulfed the house on a family farm in Pennsylvania, killing seven of eight children.
By Ali Ismail, 18 February 2011
Budget cutbacks were blamed for the death of one woman and the injuries of seven other residents after a fire in a Brooklyn apartment building
Poverty, space heaters and steel bars: a common deadly mix
By Lawrence Porter, 28 January 2011
An unemployed nurse died in a house fire on Detroit’s east side Thursday morning. Irene Smith Spencer, 49, was using space heaters.
By Lawrence Porter, 26 January 2011
Early Monday morning, fire destroyed a home on the west side of Detroit where both the gas and electricity had been shut off.
By Lawrence Porter, 22 January 2011
On Thursday a fire in an abandoned Detroit home quickly spread to the occupied homes on either side, creating a total loss for the neighbors.
By Oliver Richards and Kevin Kearney, 22 January 2011
The deadly fire that broke out in an Oakland apartment involved problems faced by working people throughout the country: unemployment, poverty, utility shutoffs, home foreclosure, and the plight of immigrant workers.
By Samuel Davidson, 21 January 2011
The seven days from January 11 through January 17 have claimed the lives of over 30 people and scores of others have been left homeless by house fires.
By Hector Cordon, 7 January 2011
The tragic deaths of five family members in an apartment fire in the Seattle area New Year’s Day was determined to be smoke inhalation. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
By Hector Cordon, 3 January 2011
An early morning, two-alarm fire swept through several apartment units on New Year’s Day, killing four children and their father in Redmond, Washington
By Kate Randall, 29 December 2010
Eight people perished in an abandoned warehouse in the US city of New Orleans Tuesday morning after lighting a fire to keep warm in freezing temperatures.
By Clement Daly, 16 December 2010
As extreme winter weather sweeps over the Midwest, the Chicago area has witnessed a series of preventable cold-related deaths.
By David Walsh, 15 December 2010
Three children and three adults died in a house fire in east Baltimore early Tuesday morning, in one of the city’s worst fire tragedies in recent years.
By Lawrence Porter, 11 December 2010
Another horrific fire ripped through a home in an impoverished area of Detroit’s east side Wednesday evening, killing a two-year-old boy and severely injuring his grandmother and eight-year-old sister.
By Naomi Spencer, 6 October 2010
Firefighters were told to stand down as a family’s home burned because they had not paid a fee for fire protection.
By Kevin Kearney, 11 September 2010
Four people were killed, 52 injured, and dozens of homes were destroyed when a gas line exploded in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno Thursday evening.
By our reporter, 11 September 2010
Detroit residents and members of the Socialist Equality Party and the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs denounced the Detroit city government and energy company DTE for their role in a wave of house fires.
By Lawrence Porter, 21 July 2010
Recent figures, obtained by the World Socialist Web Site from the Michigan Public Services Commission (MPSC), confirm the unrelenting and inhuman policy of utility shutoffs in the State of Michigan, despite the well publicized series of deaths last winter as a direct result.
By Josué Olmos, Dwight Stoll and Andre Damon, 17 July 2010
Separate fires tore through two Detroit homes early Thursday morning, leaving one elderly woman and one child dead, and another child hospitalized.
19 May 2010
Winifred Sylvester is the caregiver for her 77-year-old stepmother and is battling to have the heat turned back on, but will likely face losing electricity as well.
Letter to CAUS
By Jaqueline S. Homan, 19 May 2010
A letter to CAUS from a supporter describing the utilities crisis in Pennsylvania and its coverage in the media.
By Andrea Peters and James Brewer, 14 May 2010
Two men died in a fire in southwest Detroit on Thursday morning at a home that may have been without utilities.
14 May 2010
Eric speaks to the WSWS about the circumstances of the deadly house fire which took the life of his friend.
By Andrea Peters, 1 May 2010
Four young children perished in a house fire in northern California on Wednesday. The blaze was sparked by a candle that was being used because the local utility provider, PG&E, shut off electricity at the home for non-payment.
21 April 2010
Sylvia Young speaks to the report-back meeting of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue fire on April 13, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The fire occurred on March 2, just hours after her gas and electricity were cut off by local utility monopoly, DTE Energy.
Detroit mother lost three children in house fire
By Jerry White, 17 April 2010
A referee at the Third Circuit Court in Detroit on Friday threw out the case against Sylvia Young, the 31-year-old mother who lost three small children in a house fire on March 2. Keywords (at least 5 words or phrases, separated by commas): Sylvia Young, DTE, Detroit, fires, energy, “illegal hookups,” Citizen’s Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire
Committee formed to broaden struggle against shutoffs
By Tom Eley, 15 April 2010
At the report-back meeting of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire, Detroit residents voted unanimously in favor of the committee’s findings, and established a committee to advance the struggle against utility shutoffs.
5 April 2010
Marilyn Mullane, Executive Director of Michigan Legal Services, spoke about the lack of help available for Detroit families who fall behind on their utility bills. Her testimony was part of the Dexter Avenue Fire inquiry, which brought together workers, investigators, and experts in an investigation into the causes of two deadly house fires in Detroit.
By Hiram Lee, 27 March 2010
The Obama administration’s 35 percent cut to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will have deadly consequences for those in danger of utility shutoffs.
Sylvia Young and family members speak out against utility shutoffs
By Jerry White, 26 March 2010
The legal witch hunt against the young mother who lost three of her children in a March 2 house fire in Detroit—just hours after DTE Energy cut off heat and electrical service to her home—is continuing.
25 March 2010
The Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire: Utility Shutoffs and the Social Crisis in Detroit held a hearing at Wayne State University on March 20.
March 20 hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire
By Jerry White, 25 March 2010
Utility shutoffs and the lack of the most basic necessities in Detroit are the consequences of a decades-long assault on the jobs and living standards of the working class.
March 20 hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire
By Tom Eley, 24 March 2010
Report to the Citizens Inquiry on the policies DTE has used to generate profit in spite of the economic crisis, and who has benefited from these policies.
By Tom Eley, 24 March 2010
Seeking to calm anger over utility shut-offs, DTE Energy joined state authorities at a Detroit media event on Tuesday designed to portray the energy giant as a caring corporation.
By Joe Kishore, 23 March 2010
The initial hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire in Detroit on Saturday was a significant event in the life of the working class.
23 March 2010
Sister Mary Ellen Howard is the Executive Director of Detroit’s Cabrini Clinic, the oldest free medical facility in the US. She discusses the impact of utility shutoffs on patients at the clinic.
March 20 hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire
By Andrea Peters, 23 March 2010
Report submitted to the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire about the role of the government in allowing utility shutoffs that lead to deadly house fires.
By a WSWS reporting team, 22 March 2010
At the initial public hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire, held Saturday at Wayne State University in Detroit, Inquiry commissioners heard testimony from residents, experts and researchers about utility shutoffs and house fires in Detroit, the practices and political influence of energy giant DTE, and the broader social crisis in the city.
Despite ruling by referee
By Tom Eley, 20 March 2010
A court appointed guardian is pursuing charges of neglect in a new court only a day after a ruling by a court referee to dismiss a case against Sylvia Young, the Detroit mother who lost three young children in a March 2 house fire.
Mother who lost three children in Detroit fire speaks out
By Jerry White, 19 March 2010
The effort by the state of Michigan to frame up Sylvia Young, the mother of three small children who perished in a Detroit house fire on March 2, is falling apart as the charges of neglect against the 30-year-old mother have been exposed as nothing but a concoction by the authorities.
United Community Housing Coalition director to testify at Detroit inquiry
By Lawrence Porter, 19 March 2010
Ted Phillips, executive director of United Community Housing Coalition, is scheduled to testify this Saturday in Detroit at the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire.
By Tom Eley, 18 March 2010
In spite of Depression-like conditions in its market, southeast Michigan, DTE pulled in handsome profits in 2009.
By a reporting team, 18 March 2010
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed several residents of the Detroit neighborhood.
By Jerry White, 17 March 2010
At a dinner for Sylvia Young—who lost three children in a March 2 house fire hours after DTE cut power and gas to her Detroit home—firefighters spoke with the WSWS about the deadly consequences of utility shut-offs.
By Hiram Lee, 16 March 2010
Juanita Goggins, the first black woman elected to South Carolina's state government in 1974, froze to death in her home in late February. Goggins suffered from dementia, and her utilities had been shut off after she had not paid her bills.
By Andrea Peters, 16 March 2010
There is a clear link between utility shutoffs and deadly house fires, driven by the fact that people resort to unsafe methods to stay warm and keep the lights on when without gas and electricity. The utility companies and the government are aware of this, but continue shutoffs.
By Jerry White, 15 March 2010
Hundreds of people on Saturday attended a funeral in Detroit for three small children who were killed in a March 2 house fire, which occurred hours after DTE Energy cut off gas and electricity to the home.
By Shannon Jones, 15 March 2010
In 1993 The Workers League, the forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party, intervened to defend a working class couple unjustly prosecuted for the deaths of their seven children in a tragic house fire in Detroit.
13 March 2010
Lawrence Porter talks with Christine Silvertooth, who resides in the neighborhood where the January 5 fatal fire occurred, about her utility bills and shutoffs.
“The deaths here at Dexter Avenue should never have happened”
By Tom Eley, 12 March 2010
In the wake of a rash of deadly house fires in Detroit, the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire held a press conference on Thursday afternoon calling for public participation in a fact-finding hearing, which will be held March 20 at Wayne State University in Detroit.
12 March 2010
Lawrence Porter, chairman of the Citizens' Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire, and Charlotte Nash, sister of two of the fire victims, spoke at the press conference on Thursday.
By Andrea Peters, 11 March 2010
The Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire is holding a press conference on Thursday, as opposition to utility shutoffs and house fires grows throughout the Detroit-area.
DTE cut gas, electricity in 2006
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 March 2010
An elderly woman died in a Detroit house fire on Tuesday evening. While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the woman had lived without gas and electricity since 2006.
11 March 2010
Marvin Allen Jr., whose father was killed in the January 5 Detroit house fire, speaks with Lawrence Porter of the WSWS about the circumstances of the fatal fire. The shutoff and subsequent refusal of DTE Energy to restore power to the house was the major factor leading to the tragedy.
10 March 2010
A collection of photographs taken in the Detroit neighborhoods where lethal house fires recently took place.
As death toll from fatal house fires increases
By Jerry White, 9 March 2010
A series of fatal house fires have occurred in Detroit as the mayor of the city prepares to force residents out of poor neighborhoods and bulldoze their homes in order to eliminate public services to whole swaths of the city.
From the catalog of Mehring Books
9 March 2010
In connection with the Citizens Inquiry sponsored by the Socialist Equality Party into the recent fire on Dexter Avenue in Detroit and the social conditions that gave rise to it, Mehring Books is recommending to readers The Truth Behind the Mack Avenue Fire.
Authorities, media launch witch-hunt against Sylvia Young
By Tom Eley, 8 March 2010
Detroit area media and city and state authorities have launched a witch-hunt against Sylvia Young, the mother of three young children who died in a March 2 house fire on Bangor Street in Detroit.
By Nancy Hanover, 8 March 2010
In the aftermath of the deaths of 14 Detroiters as a result of utility shutoffs over the last two months, the media, the utility company and state and local officials have attempted to shift the blame onto the victims, claiming they failed to seek the help that is readily available.
Sylvia Young says she pled with Detroit utility to keep heat on
By Jerry White, 6 March 2010
Michigan state has filed a negligence case against Sylvia Young, the 30-year-old mother who lost three children in a Detroit house fire. Young told the World Socialist Web Site that she pled with an employee from DTE Energy not to shut off electricity and gas service hours before the fire.
By Andrea Peters, 6 March 2010
The city of Detroit and the state of Michigan share responsibility for the house fire that took the lives of three children on Tuesday.
By Lawrence Porter, 6 March 2010
As anger over utility shutoffs in Detroit grows, yet another fire on Friday left one person severely injured. The house had been without utilities for years.
6 March 2010
WSWS reporters interviewed neighbors of the victims of the fire on March 2, two days after the tragedy.
By Tom Eley, 5 March 2010
Fires in Detroit-area homes with suspended utilities have claimed the lives of a number of people in recent months. Fault does not rest with the victims.