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Strong winds fuel fires in Detroit

MADISON (WKOW) -- Detroit fire authorities are looking into numerous fires that burned through dozens of homes in at least three neighborhoods.

The fires happened on Tuesday night and continued to spread because of winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour, which also contributed to power outages for at least 124,000 customers.

No injuries have been reported in the Thursday night fires.

According to Katrina Butler, the fire department spokeswoman, firefighters are trying to drench hotspots to prevent fires from returning.

DTE Energy Co. spokesman John Austerberry says the utility is investigating the possible connection between its power lines and the fires. Austerberry estimates 15,000 DTE customers are without power, primarily in Detroit, after 50,000 lost service on Tuesday.

CMS Energy Corp. spokeswoman Debra Dodd says that 74,000 customers lost power on Tuesday and approximately 9,800 are still blacked out.

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