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A barn fire at Campbell Stables in Grass Lake Township killed 38 horses and sent one worker to a hospital with burns, according to authorities.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports the fire began after 10 p.m. Firefighters from five area departments fought the blaze. Grass Lake Township Fire Chief Greg Jones said the injured barn worker was taken to an Ann Arbor hospital with burns to his hands and legs.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot spoke with a neighbor of the stables, Rob Dunkley:

Dunkley called 911. He could see vehicles from the farm's house rush to the burning barn. From the road, he could hear the horses trapped inside.

"That's the part that hurt the most," he said. "You could hear the horses kicking the stalls and being very loud.

"It went fast. It burned so fast it was horrible."

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

The government ended its safety investigation into the Chevrolet Volt on Friday after concluding that the Volt and other electric cars don't pose a greater fire risk than gasoline-powered cars.

The agency began studying the Volt last June after a fire broke out in one of the cars three weeks after it was crashed as part of safety testing. Two other fires occurred later related to separate safety tests, and NHTSA opened an official investigation into the vehicle on Nov. 25.

The agency and General Motors Co. know of no fires in real-world crashes.

DTE energy in Detroit
Ian Freimuth / flickr user

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued a report today on DTE's role in the fires that swept through Detroit during a windstorm on September 7th, 2010. The report found no wrongdoing on DTE's part.

The Detroit Fire Department responds to a fire in 2010. Filmmakers embedded with the DFD for most of 2011.
Patricia Drury

Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett reports that the Michigan Public Service Commission is "launching an investigation into
DTE Energy's role in the fires that swept through parts of Detroit last week."