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Arson Suspected In 3rd Mysterious Living Unit Fire

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15
Month
April
Year
1969
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More than1 30 city and fVnn Arbor Township I firemen last nigHt struggled through mud and over I construction roads to battle a raging blaze which Idestroyed a partially-completed apartment hotise ap Ithe north edge of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor Fire Chief Arthur L. Stauch orderedl I Fire Marshal John R. Williams to begin an immeI diate arson investigation into the blaze on Arrow[ head Dr. in the Pontiac Heights Subdivisión, just. least of Pontiac St. The fire is the third suspicious blaze in th( city lin less than a month. All three have desteoyed lor heaviTy damaged dwellings which were under I construction. Last night's fire occurred in a moderate-cost Ihousing area across Pontiac St. from the Huron iHills Subdivisión where a frame house under conïstruction was virtually destroyed on the night oí iMarch 23. One week later, on March 30, a partially-com.Ipleted dwelling in the Geddes Lake Townehouse I complex off Huron Parkway near Glacier Way 'was Iheavily damaged by a mysterious fire. Chief Stauch said the Huron Hills and Geddes iLakes blazes are still under investigation by his I Idepartment and the Pólice Department. Ann Arbor firemen received last night's alarm I lat 10:30 p.m. and did not leave the fire scène unitil l:15 a.m. today. A resident of the area, who w;as I pne of the first persons to spot flames shooting rap from the north end of the frame, five-unit building, told firefighters later that the structure was j ly enveloped by fire in minutes. Chief Stauch said the nearest fire hydrant to I the Pontiac Heights area is on Pontiac St. and his I men laid 2,000 feet of 2VÍ!-inch hose from the hydramt I to the blazing building. A muddy road hampered firemen at the s:e:ne I and a score of Ann Arbor Township volunteer 9 men who raced to the blaze used a construction I road off Dhu Varren Rd. to reach the area. The building which burned had been rougtied I lin, wood sheeting had been placed on the exterior I land some plumbing had been installed, Fire Marshal Williams said. He said it was impossible to ïmmediately pinpoint the spot where the blaze began but a preliminary check indicates it began on a lower ifloor in the north end of the structure. City firemen manned portable radios at the Pontiac St. hydrant and at the fire scène to order changes in the amount of water pressure used on the blaze. Chief Stauch said his men and the towmsihip firemen managed to confine the blaze to the :sing]e building although some subflooring in a dwelling nearby was scorched by flames. This occurred when a section of wall on the burning building feil. Fire Marshal Williams and his Fire Prevention Bureau inspectors checked the ruined building this morning and were scheduled to submit a report on their findings to Chief Stauch later today. ___MB