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.
By a WSWS reporting team, 4 March 2010
Three children died in a house fire on Detroit’s west side on Tuesday evening, in another blaze caused by the shutoff of utilities to the home.
4 March 2010
On the evening of March 2, a fire raged through a West side Detroit home, killing three of the seven children living there. DTE had shut off the gas and electricity only hours earlier.
2 March 2010
The Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue fire of January 5 has begun interviews with relatives, neighbors and Detroit residents. We begin with an interview with Charlotte Nash, the sister of two of the victims.
Attend the fact-finding inquiry
Socialist Equality Party, 25 February 2010
The SEP is calling on workers, young people and all those concerned about the worsening social conditions in Detroit to participate in a fact-finding inquiry into the January 5 house fire on Dexter Ave. which killed three residents living without utilities.
By Matthew Brennan, 17 February 2010
Seven young people, ranging in age from three days to 20 years old, were killed last Sunday morning when they could not escape from a burning apartment building on Chicago’s southwest side.
By Lawrence Porter, 4 February 2010
A house fire after a utility shutoff claimed another victim, the latest in a series of tragic and entirely preventable deaths in the poorest large city in the US.
By Lawrence Porter, 14 January 2010
More than 300 people attended a funeral for Marvin and Tyrone Allen of Detroit, who died in a house fire after their utilities had been shut off.
By a reporter, 12 January 2010
Dozens of people have died in house fires in the southern US, a consequence of the severe cold weather of the past two weeks and the dilapidated and hazardous housing stock in the region. In the worst fire, nine people died, including six young children.
Homelessness, utility shutoffs lead to house fires, freezing deaths
By Kate Randall, 7 January 2010
A cold snap in the US has been blamed for at least seven confirmed deaths, as homeless shelters struggle to keep up with demand.
Cut off from heat in freezing temperatures
By Lawrence Porter, 6 January 2010
Following a week of bitter cold weather, three people living in a home without gas or electrical service died in a tragic house fire in Detroit early Tuesday morning.
By Kate Randall, 3 January 2009
Six people died in a New Year’s Day house fire in Washington DC. Authorities suspect “a catastrophic electrical failure” as the cause of the blaze.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 December 2008
An intense house blaze has claimed seven lives in a working class neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
By Kate Randall, 18 December 2008
A survey released Wednesday shows that utility service was cut off to 1 in 20 households in the US in 2007, spelling hardship for families forced to go without heat, hot water, lighting, or cooking facilities, and exposing them to the danger of house fires.
By Tom Eley, 6 December 2008
Conditions in Highland Park provide a microcosm of the rise and decline of heavy industry, and especially auto manufacturing, in the US. The city saw the deaths of three young children and their aunt on October 22 following the cutoff of utilities to their home.
6 December 2008
The WSWS interviews Kurt Metzger, Director of the Detroit Area Community Indicators System, about the rise and decline of Highland Park, Michigan.
By Lawrence Porter, 25 November 2008
On Friday, November 21, a funeral service attended by close to 3,000 people was held for Detroit firefighter Walter Harris, who died fighting a fire in an abandoned home on the city’s east side.
25 November 2008
Thousands of firefighters from across the United States and Canada joined family members and many concerned residents of Detroit last Friday, November 21, to mourn the death of Walter Harris a much-loved and admired 17-year member of the Detroit Fire Department. The World Socialist Web Site sent reporters to attend the funeral and speak to some of those who were there.
“More than an energy issue, a serious public health issue”
By Tom Eley, 6 November 2008
Utility companies are suspending heating and electrical service to customers at a far higher rate than in previous years, according to a recent Wall Street Journal story.
By the, 1 November 2008
WSWS reporter D'Artagnan Collier spoke to family members and a teacher of one of the victims of the fire in Highland Park, Michigan which killed four people on Wednesday, October 22.
30 October 2008
The following video is part of a series by the World Socialist Web Site reporters on the dire social conditions prevailing former auto production centers in Detroit.
By Daniel Douglass, D’Artagnan Collier and Tim Tower, 29 October 2008
Residents and firemen in Highland Park, Michigan have denounced the social conditions that led to the deaths of three children in a tragic house fire last week.
24 October 2008
The World Socialist Web Site sent a reporting team to Highland Park, Michigan, where a house fire killed four people in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 22, 2008. Residents spoke to the WSWS about the terrible social conditions in the city.
By Tom Eley, 23 October 2008
Early Wednesday morning three children and their great aunt died in a house fire in Highland Park, Michigan. The likely cause of the fire was an electrical space heater the family was using for warmth after companies suspended gas service.
By the Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2008
Two deadly fires that broke out in separate working class neighborhoods of New York City over the weekend claimed the lives of seven people, four of them children.
By Samuel Davidson, 16 June 2007
Early Tuesday morning, June 12, a deadly fire swept through a three-story home in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing five children, aged three to seven.
By Mark Rainer and Shannon Jones, 22 May 2007
A pregnant mother and her three young children were killed in a house fire in southwest Detroit early Monday morning. The father remains in critical condition, with burns over 85 percent of his body.
By Jake Skeers, 9 August 2005
Accidental house fires have killed more than 20 people in Australia so far this winter—predominately in the most disadvantaged city suburbs and in rural areas. During May, June and July, at least 14 people died in the most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), compared to 20 for the entire year of 2004.
By Jamie Chapman, 14 June 2005
Five small children perished Sunday morning in a blaze that swept through their Philadelphia row house at 2870 Amber Street. The victims ranged in age from six months to six years. Their mother Shannon Bowers survived by jumping from a second floor window into a small wading pool that had just been installed in front of the house for the children. She remains in critical condition in nearby Temple Hospital. Her partner Lester Cooke, who also jumped to escape the fire, was treated there and released.
By Larry Roberts, 8 January 2001
The new year began with another tragic house fire in the US. This time the victims were 11 members of one impoverished black family living in a rural area of Delaware. The early morning blaze on January 3 was the latest of a series of fatal fires in working class and poor neighborhoods during one of the harshest winters on record in many parts of the country.
Defective fire hydrants hamper rescue efforts
By Larry Roberts, 18 December 2000
Three Detroit residents, including two children ages 10 and 13, died in a house fire December 13 in the second deadly blaze to hit the city in the space of two weeks. As in the earlier tragedy, which claimed the lives of six children—ages 2-7—on December 1, rescue efforts by firefighters were hampered by malfunctioning fire hydrants.
By Larry Roberts, 6 December 2000
On Friday morning, December 1, shortly after 10 a.m., a horrific fire in a low-income public housing project in Detroit claimed the lives of six children between the ages of two and seven. The Detroit Fire Department ruled that the blaze at 2535 St. Antoine on the city's east side was accidental, caused by a burning mattress in a first-floor bedroom of the two-story apartment.
Blaze kills six children in Detroit working class neighborhood
By D'Artagnan Collier, 31 December 1998
The death of six children in a Detroit house fire on December 27 is the latest in a series of fatal blazes that has driven the 1998 fire death toll in the city to 79, an increase of 22 over last year. Of those killed, half were children. Thirteen children died in December alone.
By a WSWS reporting team, 31 December 1998
Reporters from the WSWS met with a group of Detroit firefighters at a station not far from the scene of the December 27 fire that killed six children. By the time their company arrived to assist, the blaze had already claimed the children's lives. The firefighters expressed concerns over cuts that have taken place in the department, leading to an increase in civilian casualties and grave danger to the firefighters themselves.
By Shannon Jones, 31 December 1998
A spate of fatal fires over the holidays has exposed the reality of widespread social distress behind the media-created image of a prosperous and contented population in America. A large portion of the victims were children, for the most part living in poor neighborhoods and dilapidated homes, in many cases without gas, light or heat.