August 28, 2014 at 1:00 am

Detroit Fire Department burns through coney contest for title

Chowing down on coney dogs Thursday snagged bragging rights for the Detroit Fire Department and, even better, money for charity.

The firefighters took home the trophy in the 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest, which pitted the citys police and fire departments against each other.

About 30 contestants scarfed down Detroits favorite, onion-laden dogs downtown to raise funds for the charities of the departments.

The mustard-slinging battle brought out hot dog eating legend Takeru Kobayashi and even former Detroit Pistons player Rick Mahorn, who both shared tips with the coney eaters.

Former Detroit Piston Rick Mahorn, right, coaches a contestant in the American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating Contest on Thursday in downtown Detroit. Proceeds from the day benefited the charities of the city's police and fire departments, as officers and firefighters competed to down the most coney dogs. / Photos by Tanya Moutzalias / Special to The Detroi
The Detroit Fire Department took home the trophy. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)