Search for arsonist after series of house fires on Detroit's east side

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Investigators believe an arsonist sparked a series of house fires on Detroit’s east side.

Firefighters have been battling multiple fires since 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Five homes caught fire on Garland Street after arson investigators say someone deliberately set one of the homes on fire.

Investigators say it could be a retaliation fire for something that occurred earlier.

The person who lives here wasn't hurt, but one of their dogs died in the fire.

As the fire spread, firefighters woke up a neighbor two doors down and got him to safety.

“Once they came in and got me up out of the bed, I seen that the next door was engulfed and I grabbed my dogs,” the neighbor said. “You could feel the heat it was very intense. There were two fires going on at the same time."

Neighbors couldn't stop watching as firefighters created a wall of water to protect and save his home.

"You just have to be patient and hope for the best,” another neighbor said.

Fire crews had their work cut out for them. They had to deal with poor water pressure, and manpower was maxed out. Just 30 minutes before the fires broke out, four other homes further down Garland Street caught fire, and so did another home around the block.  That made for ten house fires in a half-mile radius. 

The search is under way for a suspected arsonist.

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