2 NW Detroit Homes Firebombed


Detroit Fire Department investigators are trying to determine who threw firebombs into two homes around the corner from each other on the city's northwest side Monday morning.

Police said firebombs were catapulted into the two bedrooms of a home on the 14000 block of Patton Avenue around 5 a.m.

Eight people were in the home, but one of the Molotov cocktails was launched into the bedroom of a sleeping 15-year-old and the other into the room of a sleeping mother and her baby.

All the family members made it out safely.

Firefighters got a call about six minutes later. Four or five people were home when firebombs were thrown at a home on the 14000 block of Stout Street.

"I couldn't believe it at first, and then I called the fire department and they sprayed it. That was it," said homeowner Aldrus Taylor.

Nobody in that home was injured in the fire and investigators said it was fortunate that the bomb did not hit the oxygen tank inside the home.

"They could come back and we could be sleeping. Next time they might get something done," said Taylor.

The fires were extinguished quickly, the fire on Stout Street was put out in nine minutes and the one on Patton Street was extinguished in half an hour, said firefighters.

The families should be allowed to return home, said police.

Authorities said they suspect the firebombing are somehow connected. An arson investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Fire Department's arson unit at 313-596-2940.

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