Firefighters battle blaze at east side Detroit church

Evan Carter, and Candice Williams

Firefighters battled a large blaze at an abandoned church Thursday afternoon on Detroit’s east side.

Crews were called to the fire at Mount Elliott and Pulford around 3:10 p.m., said Chief Dale Bradley of the Detroit Fire Department.

No injuries were reported at the fire at Everybody’s Universal Tabernacle Church of Holiness on Pulford and Meldrum streets.

The church blaze took place a block and a half away from an earlier fire of an abandoned house on Zender off of Mount Elliot.

Shawn Mortier of the Detroit Police Department said authorities have had issues in the area before.

Officials from the Detroit Fire Department wouldn’t comment on whether the church fire on Pulman was arson, but Mortier said that he knows three or four arson investigators were at the scene.

Veronica Edwards, 49, of Detroit was standing near the church while the fire was being extinguished.

“The point is, why would you burn a church down?” she said. “When I was growing up there were two places that were sacred: churches and schools.”

cwilliams@detroitnews.com