House fire in east Detroit injures 4 people, kills dog

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit fire officials rescued four people Friday from a burning home on the city's east side.

Crews were called to the house in the 14400 block of Wilshire about 9 a.m. and saw flames shooting from the first-floor kitchen window, Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell said.

Firefighters learned three females, ages 16, 22 and 49, were trapped upstairs, Fornell said. The crew used ladders to pull two from the second-floor window and brought the third down the stairs before learning another person remained inside.

Victims were treated for smoke inhalation.

On the lower level, firefighters found a 59-year-old man and pulled him to safety. They also rescued an unresponsive dog but the pet died despite resuscitation efforts, Fornell said. 

The four people rescued, who are all related, were transported to Ascension St. John Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, Fornell said.

The 59-year-old man was listed in critical condition. The status of the three others was not available Friday night.

A preliminary investigation determined the house had no working smoke detectors and the fire "appears to have started at a hot plate in the kitchen," Fornell said.