2 dead after police chase, car crash into Detroit house
DETROIT — Two people have died after their car crashed into a Detroit house while the vehicle was being pursued by police.
The car burst into flames Tuesday and blew a huge hole in the foundation of the house. Police say three other people in the car were in critical condition.
The homeowner, Cheryl Chambliss, was inside with a friend. She tells radio station WWJ that she heard the crash but didn’t immediately realize that it involved her house on Chalmers Street.
She says she’s not surprised. Chambliss says she sees many collisions “up and down Chalmers every day.”
Police say the people in the car were suspects in a series of smash-and-grab robberies.
Woman, 4-year-old daughter die in apartment fire
DETROIT — Detroit fire officials say a woman and her 4-year-old daughter died in an overnight apartment fire that may have started in a stove.
Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell tells The Detroit News that a 7-year-old boy was also hospitalized with smoke inhalation following Tuesday night’s fire on Detroit’s west side.
He says the fire that killed the 32-year-old woman and her daughter is believed to be “accidental” and early indications are that it started in a stove.
The fire began about 7:30 p.m. in the apartment building and fire crews remained at the scene several hours later.
Representatives for the American Red Cross were assisting other residents of the apartment building.