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Detroit fires sweep through coolest city in America

A home is engulfed in flames on Detroit's east side Tuesday. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Marcin Szczepanski)

Fire officials say flames have swept through at least two dozen Detroit homes, fanned by strong winds that toppled power lines across the city and knocked out service to at least 113,000 Michigan homes and businesses. Though fire officials blamed much of the damage on downed electrical wires, news reports say officials have arrested a man suspected of car theft who may have started some of the fires in the area.

Thankfully, there have been no serious injuries or deaths reported. The fire reminds us at Blog Post that one fire can't stop the coolest city in America. Sorry, D.C., we love you, but Detroit has captured our heart.

Sure, Cleveland comedians may mock it with ad campaigns that sing "At least we're not Detroit," and the media loves to use the city as a shining example of urban blight.

But Detroit has shrugged off its celebrity status as the Dying City and quietly gone about its merry way reinventing itself as the center of urban renewal. Artists have flocked there, making it an eclectic Midwest mecca for would-be creators. The city plans to tear down 10,000 residential buildings in the next four years and urban farms could spring up in the wake of the destruction.

Here's hoping the damage caused by the fires is quickly cleaned up so the city can get back to its job of showing the rest of the country how to really live.

By Melissa Bell  | September 8, 2010; 10:18 AM ET
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