DTE blames Detroit Lighting equpiment for fire that destroyed garage

Posted at 5:50 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 17:51:37-04

Crews are cleaning up the mess after a fire broke out this morning on Detroit’s east side.

It happened on Spencer off of Van Dyke.

According to DTE the fire involved equipment from the Detroit Public Lighting Company:

While we are still investigating the cause, we do know that Detroit Public Lighting Department’s equipment was involved in a fire that also caused a garage to burn at a Detroit residence. A DTE secondary power line was impacted when the PLD line came down. DTE Energy crews were first to arrive on the site. DTE is working closely with the PLD to investigate the incident, and our crews are on the scene repairing the damaged lines to restore the customers in the neighborhood impacted by the outage as quickly and safely as possible.

The fire burned down a garage, three cars and somehow traveled next door burning a home.

The woman who lives inside was not home at the time of the fire.

Homeowners say they called the lighting department about the transformer before.

The city says the lighting company has no recent work orders for that pole.

The fire is still being investigated.