Scrappers steal radiators from Detroit fire station
Cast iron radiators most likely stolen for scrap
1:21 PM, Apr 29, 2013
6:10 AM, Apr 30, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - Thieves broke into a Detroit fire station and stole radiators from the walls overnight on Detroit's west side.
It may be a sign of a more troubling problem; fire stations within one of the busiest departments in the country, closing at an alarming rate.
The buildings, some of them with historic significance, are left unattended; sitting ducks for scrappers who seem to stop at nothing to get what they want.
Someone broke into Engine Company 21 in Linwood and stole cast iron radiators and sinks. They were carefully removed from the wall and taken along with some of the personal equipment that was left in the fire station since it was closed several months ago.
The station is used from time to time and firefighters do check on it, but it isn't occupied the way it was when it was in use.
The building has been on the west side since 1929. Residents fear that if it isn't secured, scrappers will destroy it, leaving the city no choice but to demolish it or, worse yet, allow it to remain an eyesore in a community that has more than its fair share of abandoned and dilapidated buildings.
At this point, police have few leads and no one has come forward with any information that might aid in the investigation.
Surprisingly, this is not the first time something like this has happened and the people who live near the station say it won't be the last.