All told, the fire took about 40 minutes to put down.

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Two Detroit firefighters suffered burns while battling a blaze officials say was caused by arson at a house fire early Tuesday morning.

Fire officials believe the fire was an arson, said Dave Fornell deputy commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department, noting that "flammable liquid" had been poured at the scene. They believe the fire had been burning "for some time" before it was called in, which is why it got so hot.

The fire was called in about 4:10 a.m. on the 8500 block of Minock, which is south of Joy  and east of Evergreen roads. Firefighters arrived and were told that people were trapped in the house, said Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department.

As they entered the home to make a search, the fire "flashed over" as air mixed in with the fire, making flames bigger.

Two firefighters had to flee the blaze and suffered injuries.

One jumped out of a window, the other had to exit through the front door of the home. One suffered first- and second-degree burns to their shoulder, back, bicep and ears. The other suffered first- and second-degree burns to his face.

The ages of the two male firefighters weren't immediately available. Both are being treated at Detroit Receiving Hospital. 

Fire officials believe the fire was an arson, Fornell said, noting that "flammable liquid" had been poured at the scene. They believe the fire had been burning "for some time" before it was called in, which is why it got so hot.

All told, the fire took about 40 minutes to put down. 

jdickson@detroitnews.com

 

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