City of Detroit Reports 14 fires in 1st day of Angel’s Night Patrols

DETROIT, MI – Detroit firefighters responded to 14 fires during the first 24 hours of its three-day Angel’s Night campaign, Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said today, Sunday, October 30th, 2016.  fire

That number compares to 17 reported during the first 24 hours of last year’s campaign, which ended up being the quietest of the 20-year history of the Angel’s Night patrol with 52 total fires.

Half of the 14 fires that occurred between 12:01 AM, Saturday, October 29 through 12:00 AM, Sunday, October 30, were at houses (six occupied and one vacant). The other seven were a mix of vehicle fires, trash bin fires and one garage fire.

Of the seven structure fires that firefighters responded to yesterday, only the one involving a vacant house was deemed suspicious.  The causes of the others are undetermined and still under investigation. In any given 24-hour period in the city of Detroit, firefighters respond to eight structure fires.

More than 6,000 volunteers have registered for active street patrols over this year’s three-day patrol period according to the Mayor’s Department of Neighborhoods.   The work of community volunteers has continued to drive down the number of structure fires to a level comparable to any average day in Detroit.  In the 1980s, the city experienced hundreds of arsons during the pre-Halloween period, with more than 800 in 1984.  With few exceptions since then, the number of fires has continued to steadily decrease, thanks to strong community volunteerism and organization:

1984 810
1994 351
2010 169
2011 94
2012 93
2013 95
2014 97
2015 52


Below is a breakdown of fires by type over the first 24-hour reporting period. Of the total number of fires in each category, ones that are deemed suspicious are shown in (parentheses).

2016 – DAY 1 Summary

 Time Period: Oct. 30 – 12:00 AM– 12:00 AM Oct. 31
 Total Fires: 14 (4 suspicious)
 Occupied structure  Vacant    Vehicle   Garage  Trash/Outdoor
6 (0)
1 (1) 3 (3)
1 (0)
1 (0)

2015 Recap of DAY 1

Time Period: Oct. 29 – 12:01 AM– 12:00 AM Oct. 33
Total Fires: 14 (4 suspicious)
Occupied structure Vacant Vehicle Garage Trash/Outdoor
3 (2)
6 (4) 0 (0.)
1 (1)
7 (0)

How to get involved

Volunteers are still welcome to help patrol streets this evening, which is the final day of the three-day Angels’ Night period. To volunteer, go to the City’s Web site at  or call (313) 224-4415 or one of the Department of Neighborhoods offices listed below:

City officials are also encouraging all residents to:

  • Turn on outside lights at their homes from dusk until morning on each day of the Halloween period.
  • Report any suspicious activity they observe to the Detroit Police Department by calling 9-1-1.
  • Place refuse containers or bulk items at the curb before 7 a.m. on the morning of the collection day, rather than the night before, and remove refuse containers immediately after the trash is collected.

Curfews and gasoline purchase restrictions

In addition, public safety officials outlined an emergency curfew that will be in effect during the period.  The emergency curfew requires all minors age 17 and under be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (with identification) from 6 p.m. on Oct. 29 to 6 a.m. on Oct. 30, and from 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 to 6 a.m. on Oct. 31.

During the emergency curfew hours, minors will be allowed to travel to and from work or educational or training programs, but they must carry proof of employment or attendance.  Minors violating the curfew will be ticketed and held until picked up by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian also may receive a parental responsibility violation ticket.

A second emergency ordinance prohibits the dispensing of fuel into portable containers in Detroit from October 27 at midnight through October 31 at 11:59 p.m. except for certain emergency situations for those 18 years of age and older.