• Detroit Housing Projects Fire Believed To Be Arson

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    Santiago Esparza and Oralander Brand-Williams / The Detroit News

    Detroit — Fire officials said today they have determined Monday’s fire at the vacant Brewster-Douglass housing projects was an act of arson.

    There was no one in custody this morning, and a cause of the 8:15 p.m. blaze remains under investigation.

    No injuries were reported in the blaze, which could be seen for miles, including in Windsor.

    The housing project near Ford Field was famous because it was the childhood home of legendary Motown performers the Supremes.

    At one time, the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects were the largest residential housing project owned by the city of Detroit.

    They are located near the Chrysler Freeway in the Brush Park section on the east side near Interstate 75, Vernor Highway and St. Antoine Street. The project is named after Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a famous abolitionist and author.

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