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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Two abandoned apartment buildings burn on Waverly Street in the declining Detroit neighborhood of Highland Park, June 13, 2012. By mid-June, the Detroit Fire Department had responded to 11,217 fires.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Local residents at the fire scene. Last year the Detroit Fire Department received 27,000 calls. Compare that to New York, which had 1,620 fewer structural fires in 2011, but had a population of 8.2 million, while Detroit had 706,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Local reports say arson has become increasingly common in Detroit. Here, bystanders were described as paying little attention to the fire on Waverly St.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    A firefighter at an abandoned duplex, which burned on Frederick St. in Detroit's East End. The ''black bottom'' area of Detroit, say locals, literally became a hotbed of arson attacks in June. This was the first of three fires on the same day.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Vince Clanton is a longtime resident of Detroit's East End and lives near Frederick Street. Clanton saw the three abandoned buildings in his neighborhood that went up in flames on the same day.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Vince Clanton watching the fire on Frederick St. in Detroit on June 14, 2012. Clanton, a 28-year-old father of three, said he was frustrated by what is becoming known as Detroit's Summer of Fire.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    5317 Chene Avenue, the building to the left, starts to burn as 2645/51 and 2639/41 Frederick Street continue to smolder after a day of arson attacks on Detroit's East End, June 14, 2012. The building in the foreground was destroyed by fire the previous month.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Chase Morgan, 29, a longtime resident of Detroit's East End near Frederick Street stands on the foundation of a neighboring house that burned the previous month.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Detroit firefighters arrive as abandoned building burns on Frederick St. in Detroit's East End, June 14, 2012. Despite the number of fires, 164 firefighters were laid off that month.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Residents of a Christian mission shelter watch the fire on Frederick Street.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Curious onlookers watch as firefighters battle the East End blaze. It was the third fire of the day in the neighborhood and attracted spectators from a nearby Interstate highway.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Detroit's East End has emptied out in recent years. Here, one of the few remaining residents watches the firefighters at the corner of Frederick and Chene.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Detroit firefighters battle the blaze at 2645/51 Frederick St. The building on the left, 2639/41, also abandoned, would burn to the ground later that evening.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    Jeremiah Upshur is a pastor at the Peacemaker's Center on Chene Avenue in Detroit's East End. He saw the three separate fires down the street from him that day.
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  • Detroit is on Fire

    A smoky sunset on Chene Ave. in Detroit, with firefighters still at work.
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