Just to pile on some bad news, there was a fire on the 900 block (the prime student pregame area) of State Street last night. It left a couple people in critcal condition.
Fire on 900 Block of State Street
That really stinks. Hope everyone recovers fully...
Additionally, I noticed this: "Two other fires involving cars and trash cans also were reported overnight."
What a strange night...
When I rode by at around 11:00 AM the firefighter on the second floor was stacking weed plant after weed plant on the window sill. Wonder if a burning bag was a cover up for an electrical fire...?
I guess Sparty isn't the only one that knows how to throw a proper riot!
invaded Ann Arbor for the night...
We should have sent them an email instructing them on the proper way to behave when visiting.
To drive 70 miles with such high blood-alcohol level.
Yeah, there are people in critical condition right now. Let's not rush into Spartan jokes over this. I think that falls under the "too soon" category.
People were running out of the house on fire. That's scary--sounds like something that could only happen in a movie.
Yes, or we can just blame the black kids...that doesn't seem to bother anyone.
Excuse me, "Ypsi kids."
FWIW, I comment lower that I won't blame Ypsi kids, or any variety of townies... that includes the jerk white kids from Ann Arbor. I have more problems with them than anyone from Ypsi.
My comment wasn't directed at you, it was just a general remark that seemed to follow your comment logically. Anyone that blamed Sparty got negged severely, while those ripping on "Ypsi kids" (read: black people) were encouraged to continue their thinly veiled racism.
Example: Below, someone identified some delinquents he spotted outside the window of his Ann Arbor residence as "Ypsi kids." He did not ask them where they were from, rather, thanks to what he's "learned from living there," he merely had to observe their skin color to conclude that they didn't belong, and were therefore from Ypsi.
When I was looking for a place to live a few years ago, I looked at the place on the right in the picture. The room was tiny, though.
I'm sorry, but if a fire ever engulfs my house, I am NOT getting caught in the flames. I'd rather jump out a second story window and break my leg(s) than catch on fire.
But I'm not in town right now. My roomate said he was woken by the AAPD who ran into our apartment to evacuate. Applause to the AAPD for this. Knowing my roomate, he was probably passed out HARD
Well, it sounds like your roommate is okay, so that's good. Hopefully everyone else in the house escaped life-threatening injuries and the people in critical condition recover quickly.
As someone who is a current student in Ann Arbor, this screams Ypsi kids coming over and starting shit again. Honestly, I have experienced this stuff personally, two years in a row friends of mine have been robbed and beaten up by to these Ypsilanti kids. Its just kinda weird that there were also fires in garbage cans and on parked cars. Obviously hard to jump to conclusions like this but there is kind of a feeling around campus that there are a lot fo those kids who have been coming over and starting problems recently because people in Ann Arbor dont expect things like this to happen in our town
Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like everyone will be alright. When people are running out of a burning building on fire, and in critical condition, you've gotta assume people are seriously burned.
But I agree; this sounds like an arson case. I sure hope they catch these assholes quickly.
I live next door to the blaze and so far this year:
-Gun shots at Bells in July involving Ypsi kids
-This January I was awoken by what I assume to be "Ypsi kids" (call me racist, stereotyping, etc but its what i've learned living there) yelling at each other. I look out the window and see one raise a gun and yell "N***** I've got a FUCKING GUN!" Everyone ran, I hit the deck.
-Just two weeks ago I went to the bathroom around 2am and heard what sounded like gun shots. Came back to my room where my girlfriend was watching bells and the commotion from my window and said, "i definitely just heard gun shots and saw a bunch of black kids run away from bells"
Shit goes down at the corner late at night and that's why I'm gladly moving to the other side of town next semester
Ypsi kids jumped a kid during nightmare on elm street block party as well. It's so easy to tell the ypsi/eastern people, regardless of skin color. They're always trying to start trouble.
I won't blame Ypsi kids, or any of the variety of townies just yet. I've had enough problems with them during my time on campus. We had to replace about 7 windows in 3 years at the house I was living in.
Sure, they could have been involved, but normally they're about guns or rocks (or dishes) through windows, not fire. I'm not sure they're advanced enough to control fire, nor smart enough to realize their cigarette lighters can cause big fires.
you criticize OMG shirtless for making a Sparty joke, but then it is okay for you to make fun of Ypsi kids / townies?
Come on there - a bit contradictory.
I'm glad the landlord of the building helping those people out. I know living in AA during school I didn't have the kindest thoughts towards my landlords, so it's nice to hear them helping out quickly.
A very kind gesture on the part of the landlord to find another place for everyone to stay.
Really hope they catch whoever did this.
Dan's houses would have locked the doors on us. Assholes.
Thats BS! Dan's houses would have started the fire to collect the insurance money.
...and then locked you in.
I mean, it could be arson, but it's not as if we haven't had our share of coals in the plastic trash can/cigarette in the porch couch fires in Ann Arbor.
I'm hoping that everyone recovers.
Agree, people are taking the arson meme and running with it. Seems like 5am is a bit early/late for arson, but what the hell do I know. But, there yesterday there was a "red flag warning" for MI regarding dangerous fire conditions - I know that it is meant for "open burning" but it could have some implications for porches the houses they are attached to.
One of the two articles said that they currently think the fire was started by some sort of bag on the porch.
If it was something on fire, like a plastic bucket or trash can or whatever, at 5 a.m., would you really be able to tell what it was?
Most bad house fires occur when everyone is asleep. It's the "everyone is asleep" part that makes it a bad house fire - nobody is aware enough to put the fire out, and they are, in the same vein, caught unawares by the fire. And a flaming bag can be just as accidental as a flaming, well, anything.
Using these clues, it may be arson, but it may just as easily be accident.
the whole thread i was thinking "it's poo again"...i was hoping so hard someone had put up a video or a pic because i was afraid it'd be too soon and didn't want to get neg banged...+1 sir...great movie
I was hanging out on my porch on s. division at around 5 am when we heard all these fire engines go by and saw a ridiculous plume of smoke so we decided to go check it out. I had no idea that people were injured, i really hope they turn out alright.
As a landlord, I can't tell you how many times I have to beg my student tenants to keep the smoke detectors working (usually smoke from kitchen cooking sets them off and they "forget" to replace it). Please everyone make sure you have smoke detectors wherever you live. It saves lives!
Hats off to the AAPD! Sounds like those guys did a great job. Real heroes!
Was there some kind of a fire on North Campus on Thursday? I was driving down Plymouth in the early afternoon and saw/smelled a ton of smoke.
I saw that too, and it was in the middle of the woods on the side of the hill. I wasn't sure what it was, but I did notice they control-burned some brush in one patch of trees near the SRB, so I guess it could've been that...
They did a little by the Bentley and then the entire woods west of the Space Research Building to Murfin.
I was wondering why there didn't seem to be any fire trucks around - or anyone even concerned about the fire.
General question for everyone talking about what they've seen: how safe is the Packard area southwest of SQuad, between the stadium and campus? I may or may not be living around there next year.
But really, Ann Arbor is very safe on the whole.
You just need to be smart and not set yourself up as an easy target for something - keep your doors locked, try not to let women walk around alone, etc, and you shouldn't have any big problems.
That particular area isn't really any different from any other area where students live.
But I lived on McKinley FOREVER, and never had any more than the usual college issues. It seemed no different than any of the other student/resident neighborhoods. Quieter than a lot of the frat areas. Used to walk to csmpus and stadium and all, all the time, at any time. But maybe it's turned for the worse the last couple of years. I know the closer you get to across Stadium, there are dome not great blocks.
Well yeah, I already know all of that, I just didn't bank on having to think about it too much. To be honest, I'm not going to worry about it too much anyways because of how many houses around us are also students.
To the person that said some blocks across Stadium aren't so nice: I haven't noticed that in any direction, especially not going west.
I'm talking the area encircled by State, Stadium, Industrial and Salvatikn Army there. The blocks there have that kinda run down apartment area before the bridge, and while not hardly the ghetto, if you're concerned about neighborhoods, I guess that one isn't as nice as some.
And to be honest, you'll get woken by fights at bells a lot. I've heard gunshots twice this year, but it never involves Michigan students. It's always the Ypsi crowd at bells. This are is known for robberies- just don't leave a window open or doors unlocked and when out of town, leave a light on. This area has more crime than any other student area.
One of the victims, an EMU student, has died from burns.
Tragic and very scary.
Terrible. Hopefully the last person in the hospital pulls through. Any word on how the porch lit on fire?
The young man from Dexter who died in the fire was just the nicest kid you could ever want to meet. He was a good soccer player and big UM fan. I literally am sick to my stomach. Renden brightened up every room he was in. My heartfelt condolences to his entire family.