Person of interest in custody for possible house arson

Photo by Ian Kushnir  Dearborn Heights firefighters respond to a house in the 6900 block of Mayburn Oct. 29.

Photo by Ian Kushnir
Dearborn Heights firefighters respond to a house in the 6900 block of Mayburn Oct. 29.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Police have a person of interest in custody after a house in the 6900 block of Mayburn was damaged from a suspected arson fire on Oct. 29.

Firefighters responded to the call of a garage on fire at 8:15 p.m., but when they arrived on the scene, the second story of the house was engulfed in flames.
Fire Chief David Brogan said firefighters arrived at the house within five minutes and noticed that the smoke was coming from the second story windows.

“Firefighters entered through the front door, but the stairs were already burned down so they placed ladders on both sides of the house to go inside,” he said. “The first floor was clear and there was nobody home so no one injured.”
Brogan also said the cause of the fire may have been from clothing being spread around the house and set on fire along with clothing placed on the stove top which was turned on.
Some of the clothing was spread on the stairs causing the staircase to burn down quicker than normal, Brogan said.
Inspectors responded to the house and surveyed the damage which was limited to the second story, stair case and kitchen floor.
That same night, police were dispatched to Dearborn Heights Liquor and Wine Shoppe, 25322 W. Warren Ave., after a man made threats against owners who refused to sell him alcohol.

Upon arrival at the store, officers noticed the man had burn marks on his clothing and that he had stolen items from the house in his possession.
Police had the man in custody as of press time to question him and investigate his motive for allegedly breaking into the house and setting it on fire.

The man’s name has not been released by police because he has not been charged.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)