Detroit Crews Kept Busy With 'Devil's Night' Fires

Detroit firefighters were busy this weekend battling the so-called "Devil's Night" fires that have become commonplace in the city around Halloween.


Detroit firefighters were busy this weekend battling the so-called "Devil's Night" fires that have become commonplace in the city around Halloween, according to The Detroit Free Press.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, an estimated 128 fires had been reported during the three-day Halloween period, up 10 from last year's total of 119 fires, according to the report.

There were 49 fires between midnight and 7 p.m. Sunday, which is an increase of nine fires from last year. Before midnight Saturday, 58 fires were reported, an increase of eight.

The city had 41 fires Friday night through 11 p.m., an increase of seven fires over the same day last year.

Last year's fires were down from 2008 and nowhere near the more than 800 recorded in 1984, according to the report.

Crews were so busy early Sunday that they were told they couldn't take breaks due to the volume of calls, officials told the newspaper.

No firefighters were reported injured in any of the blazes.