Published: Sep 08, 2010 10:57 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 08, 2010 6:21 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has praised the fire department for responding to what he termed "a natural disaster" after wind-whipped flames destroyed dozens of homes across the city.

Bing says firefighters confronted conditions "that were not manmade" Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Wind gusts of up to 50 mph forced flames to jump from house to house, eventually encompassing 85 homes and garages in neighborhoods throughout much of the city.

No injuries were reported.

Fire Commissioner James Mack told a Wednesday news conference that eight of the fires were related to downed power wires, and he attributed two to arson. He said 62 power lines were downed overall.

Firefighters from a half-dozen neighboring agencies assisted the Detroit fire department.