Detroit Fire Department History – July 23rd-28th – 1967 Riots

Today in DFD history – July 23rd – 28th, 1967

During Detroit’s worst civil disturbance the Detroit Fire Department was taxed beyond its limits.


The department fought 1,682 fires.  Including 276 runs responded to by mutual aid companies from 45 fire companies from surrounding communities and across the river (Windsor). 


More than 5,000 citizens’ homes were burned.  Total fire loss was estimated at over $12.7 million.


Detroit Firefighters Carl Smith and John Ashby died as a result of the rioting.

Were you, your husband, or father a firefighter on the department during the ’67 Riots?  Please share your memories.



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