Dedicated volunteers lead city to second quietest Angels’ Night campaign on record with 59 fires


For the second year in a row, the city of Detroit saw fewer than 60 fires during the three-day Angels’ Night volunteer campaign, roughly half the number seen annually just a few years ago when the yearly average was close to 100.

Mayor Mike Duggan, Fire Commissioner Eric Jones and Police Chief James Craig joined with community leaders and volunteer coordinators this morning to announce the results at a press conference at Detroit Public Safety headquarters.

By the end of the annual patrol period, which ended at midnight, Detroit firefighters had responded to a total of 59 fires, which included 39 structure fires, 6 car fires, 9 trash fires and 5 garage fires. Last year the city responded to a total of 52 fires – the lowest number in decades.  In 2014, firefighters responded to 97 fires.

The Mayor praised the work of police, firefighters, patrol coordinators and especially, the thousands of volunteers who have helped in this successful community effort over the years.

“This coalition has brought to an effective end to a difficult chapter in Detroit’s history,” said Mayor Mike Duggan.  “What started out as a negative for our city has evolved into an annual community celebration that shows the very best of Detroit. We plan to keep it that way.”

Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said that the work of his firefighters and arson investigators, as well as the city’s demolition program, has played an critical role in the city’s Angel’s Night success.

“The simple fact is we have 10,000 fewer potential targets for arsonists today than we did three years ago and our arson investigators have been taking more known arsonists off the streets,” said Commissioner Jones.  “As a result, our hard working firefighters now are responding to 30 percent fewer structure fires than they were just two years ago. That means better safety for the public and for firefighters.”

Volunteers continue to lead the way

More than 6,000 volunteers participated in active street patrols over this year’s three-day patrol period according to the Mayor’s Department of Neighborhoods.  The work of community volunteers has continued to drive down the number of Angels’ Night structure fires to a level comparable to any average day in Detroit.  In the 1980s, the city experienced hundreds of arsons during the pre-Halloween period, with more than 800 in 1984 alone.  With few exceptions since then, the number of fires has continued to steadily decrease, thanks to strong community volunteerism and organization:


1984    810

1994    354

2010    169

2011    94

2012    93

2013    95

2014    97

2015    52

2016    59

Below is a breakdown of fires by type over the final 24-hour reporting period. Of the total number of fires in each category, ones that are deemed suspicious are shown in (parentheses).


Time Period: 12:01 AM Oct. 29 – 12:00 AM Nov. 1

Total Fires: 59 (22 suspicious)

Occupied  Vacant            Vehicle            Garage         Trash/Outdoor

Structures       Structures       Fires                Fires                Fires

20 (1)                 19 (15)                 6 (3)                 5 (1)                 9 (2)


2016 – DAY 3 Summary

Time Period: 12:01 AM Oct. 30 – 12:00 AM Oct. 31

Total Fires: 18 (10 suspicious)

Occupied  Vacant            Vehicle            Garage         Trash/Outdoor

Structures       Structures       Fires                Fires                Fires

4 (0)                 8 (8)                 3 (0)                 1 (1)                 2 (1)

Note: Due to an internal reporting error one structure fire has been added to the Day One total that did not appear in the Fire Department’s initial report. That additional fire is reflected in the final three day total.   


Additional Stats

6037 Patrol and community group volunteers who participated in the Angels’ Night Effort

220 Other volunteers (Halloween activities and support staff)

269:  Approximate number of abandoned vehicles towed leading up to Angels’ Night

95:   Number of Fire Net personnel during campaign

The City also recognized a number of businesses that supported the Angels’ Night effort by making financial contributions or in-kind donations.  A total of $56,000 was donated, with another $8,050 in in-kind support.


Rizzo Environmental Services


Comerica Bank

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

UAW Region 1A

White Castle




DTE Energy
Detroit Renewable Energy

KEO & Associates, Inc.



Giorgi Concrete
Operating Engineers – Local 324

Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC
Pierce, Monroe & Associates, LLC
SER Metro
U.S. Ecology 


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