Firefighter response time is questioned after an abandoned house fire spread quickly to a neighboring home with children inside early Thursday morning, Local 4 reported.
Employees of the Canadian National Railroad who witnessed the flames and called for help said it took fire crews 25 minutes to arrive at the scene of the abandoned house fire on Cardoni Street and the Chrysler freeway (Interstate 75), Local 4 reported.
The abandoned home was engulfed in flames at about 12:25 a.m. and fire crews had not arrived, Local 4 reported. The flames melted the siding of the occupied neighboring home.
The five children and their aunt who were inside the second home escaped safely, according to Local 4.
Firefighters were fighting another blaze at Eight Mile Road and Cardoni Street when they received the call about the house fire at Cardoni Street and the Chrysler freeway, Local 4 reported.
Detroit fire dispatch officials said the call came in at 12:36 a.m., and the first crews arrived at the scene at 12:41 a.m., Local 4 reported.
The abandoned home was destroyed by the fire. No injuries were reported from the blaze.
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