- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A new report says fires including arson remain a huge challenge for Detroit.

Data company Loveland Technologies on Wednesday released “Detroit: After the Fire,” an examination of 1,653 fires from Jan. 1 to July 31. The report says the fires displaced more than 1,000 residents and will cost Detroit at least $2.9 million for demolition.

Jerry Paffendorf, CEO of Loveland, tells The Detroit News (https://bit.ly/1IN2q7I ) that the findings highlight a crisis that slows the city’s progress on its demolition blitz of dilapidated homes. Paffendorf says: “Outside of greater downtown, things are still getting worse more than they are getting better.”

Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins says he’s reviewing the report “to compare it with the data we use,” which he says includes final fire reports.

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Online:

Copy of report: https://makeloveland.com/fire

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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