You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 8:58 a.m.

Fire breaks out at vacant apartments on Pauline

By Paula Gardner

Update: Pauline apartment fire: 'The whole building was fully involved' (with photo gallery)

Ann Arbor firefighters responded to the 1500 block of Pauline on Saturday morning to fight a blaze in the vacant apartments there that soon will be demolished.


The vacant apartments at 1500 Pauline at the height of the blaze early Saturday.

From Ann Arbor Fire Chief Chuck Hubbard

The fire call came in at about 6:22 a.m., according to Ann Arbor Police.

Firefighters have spent time at the site: They also trained there in late September, using the vacant property for various firefighting exercises.

The property is owned by Avalon Housing, which plans to develop 32 new affordable housing units and a community center on the site, located just east of Arbordale on the city's west side.

View Larger Map



Sun, Oct 14, 2012 : 12:24 p.m.

All that smoke and pollution here under the OZ dome didn't raise any squeals from the kooks ...amazing ..good training for the real thing if we funded a fire department ..maybe it will be OZ 's answer to " burning man " in the future when because of funding it this sort of blaze just becomes " art " ...


Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 6:20 p.m.

Arson can sure get a demolition job done faster than legislation, contracts and open bidding.

E. Daniel Ayres

Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 3:33 p.m.

I wonder if some sparks left over from earlier training exercises restarted the blaze. More likely though is that the usecure site attracted arson. What a waste of resources!


Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 2:10 p.m.


say it plain

Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 2:02 p.m.

What do firefighters do protocol-wise at a site they know is slated for demolition? Interesting... It is a low-cost demo method, no?! I guess they need to investigate the start of it and all, for insurance and law enforcement, and would have to be sure that the units were truly vacant of beings... Quite the blazing blaze as captured in that image!


Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 1:52 p.m.

Looks like the fire department got a load of good practice this morning.