‘Suspicious’ house fire under investigation

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 26, 2016


WARREN — A house fire in the 21000 block of Audrey, near Eight Mile and Mound, remained under investigation Aug. 24, two days after first responders reportedly found “suspicious” circumstances when they arrived to battle the blaze.

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said the fire was initially reported by Detroit Fire Department dispatch at 7:03 p.m. on Aug. 22.

“The smoke was heading toward Detroit, and they were getting calls about it. It was transferred in from Detroit dispatch,” McAdams said. “The fire has been ruled suspicious. We’re seeking a warrant to further investigate it.”

McAdams said that the home is a rental property and that the occupant was not there when the fire started.

“The property renter left for work in the morning and secured the home. We arrived to find smoke in the area and found the house involved,” McAdams said. “The side door had been kicked in, and there was a possibility that an accelerant had been poured in the bedroom and several other places in the home. We’re looking into that.”

Warren Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said little information was available ahead of further investigation on Aug. 24.

No injuries were reported among the responding firefighters, and there were no pets in the home.

The property, valued at approximately $60,000, sustained $40,000 in damage, according to McAdams.