Families displaced by fire as DFD battles thru weekend

Families displaced by fire as DFD battles thru weekend

Seven families are spending this 4th of July somewhere other than home tonight after a fire at their apartment building left them displaced, looking for shelter Monday night. 

Chief Tracy Thomas of the Detroit Fire Department said the cause of the fire appeared to have been a careless cook. "It was a careless cook, the fire just got away. We have 5 to 7 displaced families."

However, moments later, a man who was identified as a disoriented tenant in the complex was put in back of police cruiser. 

The chief told Fox 2 that man was seen smiling and laughing as he walked away from the fire leaving families to wonder what happened and what happens next. 

Residents of the complex like Rita Gonzalez say they lost everything. "We just bought new furniture, I don't know what we are going to do from here."

Firefighters got to the fire fast and once they found out there were people on the second floor and in the basement, they quickly called for back-up. 

A very good response time in part because of all the practice they get this holiday weekend. 

As of Monday night, Detroit Fire officials confirm they have worked over 75 fires, some firework related but most not. 

As for the apartment fire, the cause and charges are now under investigation by Detroit Fire Arson. The American Red Cross was called and has offered and given assistance to those families displaced by the fire. 

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