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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Detroit fire boss: Let some vacant buildings burn

Detroit fire boss looks for cost savings, suggests allowing some vacant buildings to burn down.

It's a topic that has Detroiters fired up.

Detroit Fire Department Executive Fire Commissioner Donald Austin said he's proposing the city allow vacant buildings and homes to burn themselves out - but under conditions.

“We are in no way looking to 'let the city' burn, this is about saving lives and money,” Austin said. “My department is strapped, the budget is strapped, and it’s time to look at a new way of doing things.”

Austin, a former Los Angeles assistant fire chief, became head of Detroit fire operations last May. Read More