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Detroit On Fire

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Executive Fire Commissioner Donald Austin of Detroit's Fire Department is the man behind some controversial suggestions! The former L.A. resident said his department's biggest challenge is vacant homes, the origin of 40%-60% of fires in Detroit. And so he says he wants to just let them burn if they are more than 50% ablaze when firefighters arrive"I believe the sooner we can get rid of these vacant homes, the better off we're going to be," he said. "One reason people are not coming back to the city is because it looks like hell." Right... because if the city is visibly ON FIRE, it will look less like hell? That would be dramatic, maybe someone should make a documentary about... oh right. Already done. "Austin and six firefighters were headed to the Tribeca Film Festival this week for a screening of "Burn," filmed in Detroit." [Freep]