Man, 73, charged in arson that injured 5 Detroit firefighters
Detroit — A 73-year-old man has been charged in the blaze that caused a vacant home to collapse Thursday, injuring five firefighters, officials said.
Henry Vanreyendam of Detroit has been charged with five counts of first-degree arson, one count of second-degree arson and a count of arson-preparation to burn, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.
Vanreyendam was arraigned in court on the charges Sunday and ordered held without bond.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison for each of the first-degree arson charges. Second-degree arson carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
Police accuse him of intentionally setting fire to a vacant home on Whittaker near Springwells and Vernor Highway on Detroit's southwest side.
Detroit firefighters responded to the fire at about 1:10 p.m. Thursday. A partial collapse of the house injured five firefighters, officials said. Medics took the injured firefighters to a hospital to be treated.