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Neighbors say 87-year-old man hurt in fire on Detroit’s west side


WITH FAR REACHING
CONSEQUENCES. CONSEQUENCES.
>>Announcer: LOCAL 4 NEWS>>Announcer: LOCAL 4 NEWS
STARTS NOW WITH A BREAKING STARTS NOW WITH A BREAKING
NEWS ALERT. NEWS ALERT.
>>>GOOD AFTERNOON, THANK>>>GOOD AFTERNOON, THANK
YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU FOR JOINING US.
WE DO BEGIN WITH BREAKING WE DO BEGIN WITH BREAKING
NEWS FROM DETROIT’S NEWS FROM DETROIT’S
WESTSIDE. WESTSIDE.
THAT IS WHERE NEIGHBORS SAY THAT IS WHERE NEIGHBORS SAY
THAT AN 87-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS THAT AN 87-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS
HURT IN A FIRE. HURT IN A FIRE.
THIS IS VIDEO FROM THE SCENE THIS IS VIDEO FROM THE SCENE
THE HOME IS LOCATED ON THE HOME IS LOCATED ON
CHATHAM STREET IN THE AREA CHATHAM STREET IN THE AREA
OF LAHSER AND YOU FINKLE. OF LAHSER AND YOU FINKLE.
THAT’S WHERE WE FIND LOCAL THAT’S WHERE WE FIND LOCAL
4’S ROD MELONI THIS NOON. 4’S ROD MELONI THIS NOON.
ROD I UNDERSTAND A FEW OF ROD I UNDERSTAND A FEW OF
THE MAN’S PETS DID NOT MAKE THE MAN’S PETS DID NOT MAKE
IT? IT?
>>YES, THAT’S PART OF THIS.>>YES, THAT’S PART OF THIS.
OF COURSE AS YOU CAN SEE ME OF COURSE AS YOU CAN SEE ME
RIGHT NOW HIS FAMILY HAS RIGHT NOW HIS FAMILY HAS
JUST ARRIVED ON THE SCENE. JUST ARRIVED ON THE SCENE.
THE GENTLEMAN IS WELL-KNOWN THE GENTLEMAN IS WELL-KNOWN
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND YES, IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND YES,
THERE WERE CATS THAT HE HAD THERE WERE CATS THAT HE HAD
THAT DID NOT MAKE IT IN THIS THAT DID NOT MAKE IT IN THIS
FIRE. FIRE.
HE WAS BROUGHT AWAY E.M.T.s HE WAS BROUGHT AWAY E.M.T.s
WERE DOING C.P.R. ON HIM WERE DOING C.P.R. ON HIM
THEY BROUGHT HIM TO THE THEY BROUGHT HIM TO THE
HOSPITAL. HOSPITAL.
WE’RE STILL WAITING TO HEAR WE’RE STILL WAITING TO HEAR
THE WORD FROM THE DETROIT THE WORD FROM THE DETROIT
FIRE DEPARTMENT PRECISELYPWHAT I FIRE DEPARTMENT PRECISELYPWHAT I
HIS CONDITION IS AT THIS HIS CONDITION IS AT THIS
POINT. POINT.
MUCH DIFFERENT SCENE THAN IT MUCH DIFFERENT SCENE THAN IT
IS RIGHT NOW ABOUT EIGHT OR IS RIGHT NOW ABOUT EIGHT OR
10 FIRE TRUCKS ON LOCATION 10 FIRE TRUCKS ON LOCATION
WITH THE E.M.S. WORKING ON WITH THE E.M.S. WORKING ON
THE GENTLEMAN. THE GENTLEMAN.
HE HAD A RE WE’RE TOLD HE HAD A RE WE’RE TOLD
THAT THAT FIRE WAS MOSTLY IN THAT THAT FIRE WAS MOSTLY IN
THE BASEMENT OF THIS HOME. THE BASEMENT OF THIS HOME.
THE NEIGHBORS TELL US THAT THE NEIGHBORS TELL US THAT
HE HAD QUITE WHAT HE CALL HE HAD QUITE WHAT HE CALL
THE MAN CAVE DOWN THERE. THE MAN CAVE DOWN THERE.
THAT THAT WAS THE AREA THAT THAT THAT WAS THE AREA THAT
HAD BURNED. HAD BURNED.
BUT THEY’RE UNCERTAIN BUT THEY’RE UNCERTAIN
PRECISELY WHAT MIGHT HAVE PRECISELY WHAT MIGHT HAVE
CAUSED THIS FIRE. CAUSED THIS FIRE.
THAT IS THE E.M.S. TAKING THAT IS THE E.M.S. TAKING
THE ELDERLY GENTLEMAN AWAY. THE ELDERLY GENTLEMAN AWAY.
WE TALKED TO ONE OF HIS WE TALKED TO ONE OF HIS
NEIGHBORS MR. TAYLOR TALKING NEIGHBORS MR. TAYLOR TALKING
ABOUT HIS NEIGHBOR HAD HIGH ABOUT HIS NEIGHBOR HAD HIGH
PRAISE FOR HIM AND WAS PRAISE FOR HIM AND WAS
DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE
SITUATION THIS MORNING. SITUATION THIS MORNING.
>>AND THE WHOLE>>AND THE WHOLE
NEIGHBORHOOD KNOWS DON. NEIGHBORHOOD KNOWS DON.
DON GOES FOR A WALK. DON GOES FOR A WALK.
HE WALKS THE NEIGHBORHOOD. HE WALKS THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
HE USED TO HAVE LITTLE DOGS. HE USED TO HAVE LITTLE DOGS.
NOW HE HAS LITTLE CATS. NOW HE HAS LITTLE CATS.
I MEAN LOTS OF CATS. I MEAN LOTS OF CATS.
>>Reporter: BY THAT WHAT>>Reporter: BY THAT WHAT
THEY’RE SAYING IS THAT THE THEY’RE SAYING IS THAT THE
NEIGHBORS KNEW THAT EVERY NEIGHBORS KNEW THAT EVERY
MORNING YOU WOULD TELL TIME MORNING YOU WOULD TELL TIME
BY HIM ABOUT 7:00 IN THE BY HIM ABOUT 7:00 IN THE
MORNING HE WOULD BE WALKING MORNING HE WOULD BE WALKING
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WITH IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WITH
CATS AND STICK WITH CATS IN CATS AND STICK WITH CATS IN
TOW HIGHLY UNUSUAL SCENE. TOW HIGHLY UNUSUAL SCENE.
HE WAS WELL-KNOWN BELOVED HE WAS WELL-KNOWN BELOVED
CHARACTER IN THE CHARACTER IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD. NEIGHBORHOOD.
THEY’RE STILL WAITING TO THEY’RE STILL WAITING TO
FIND OUT HIS CONDITION AT FIND OUT HIS CONDITION AT
THIS POINT. THIS POINT.
WE’RE WAITING TO HEAR FROM WE’RE WAITING TO HEAR FROM
DETROIT FIRE DEPARTMENT AND DETROIT FIRE DEPARTMENT AND
WHEN WE HAVE THE UPDATE WHEN WE HAVE THE UPDATE
WE’LL CERTAINLY BRING IT TO WE’LL CERTAINLY BRING IT TO
YOU.

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