Suspicious house fire under investigation

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 11, 2017

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WARREN — An early morning fire that gutted a home near 12 Mile and Ryan and left one man injured Sept. 8 remained under investigation at press time, as Warren police and fire inspectors continued to collect information about its cause.

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said firefighters were dispatched at around 2 a.m. to the 28500 block of Wexford, where they found the living area of a home “fully involved,” with flames extending through the front door.

McAdams added that the back door of the house was found open and that the fire was labeled “suspicious.” However, he said it had not been determined exactly what caused the fire and that further samples were being collected at the scene on Sept. 11, after which it would take up to two weeks to obtain definitive lab results. 

According to a media release from the Warren Police Department, one person who was in the home was treated for injuries at a local hospital. The man was reportedly driven by a friend to a home in Hazel Park and then to the hospital, where he was treated for second-degree burns to his left arm and lower body.

Sources said the house suffered extensive damage to the northwest corner and appears to be a total loss. A neighbor reportedly told police she heard a “loud crash” and found the home in flames when she went to investigate.

Police said the injured occupant indicated that he was house-sitting for his brother, who is the property owner, and that he had been asleep on the couch and awoke to the strong odor of gasoline, with the home already on fire.

“By committing this type of criminal act, the person or persons responsible not only caused severe injuries to the person inside the home, but potentially jeopardized the safety of the neighborhood with the unpredictability of fire,” said Deputy Commissioner Matt Nichols, of the Warren Police Department.

Anyone with information about the fire or its cause is asked to contact Detective Curt Priemer at (586) 574-4707.