2 dead in fire at home on Detroit’s north side


The Detroit Fire Department is working to find out what started a fire on Monday that killed two people in a house on the north side of the city.

The crews were called to the residence on the 20400 block of Tracey near Eight Mile at around 1:40 p.m. and found the structure on fire, Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said.

Firefighters found the victims in a bedroom on the second floor after putting out the flames within 10 to 15 minutes, he said. Both were badly burned.

The victims were believed to be 78 years old and one other person in their sixties, Fornell said.

Their gender wasn’t immediately clear. Both were considered disabled; one appeared to have been bedridden and the other was using a walker, Fornell said.

Authorities initially received reports of an explosion in the home and are investigating whether an oxygen tank has ruptured as a result of the fire, he said.

The two seemed to be the only ones in the house at the time, Fornell said.