A three-alarm building fire in the 30000 block of Little Mack, where police are blocking traffic from 13 Mile to 12 Mile, on Wednesday night. (Charlie Ramirez / The Detroit News)
Firefighters from ten departments were called to fight a massive blaze at an industrial complex late Wednesday in Roseville, according to police and fire officials.
The fire broke out Wednesday night at National Precast Inc. in the 30000 block of Little Mack, where police were blocking traffic from 13 Mile to 12 Mile.
“Upon arrival, they found the building fully involved, identified there was nobody inside,” said Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland. “The shifts (of the company’s workers) are off.”
Firefighters from Roseville and St. Clair Shores were the first to respond. Shortly after, the battalion chief declared the incident a second-alarm fire, which brought fire crews from Eastpointe, Fraser, Clinton Township and Warren.
As the industrial blaze continued to grow, it was ultimately categorized a third-alarm blaze, and firefighters from Mount Clemens, Sterling Heights, Harrison Township and Center Line assisted.
“They fought the fire for another 20 minutes and realized it was going to get very very big,” Holland said about the decision to call for more assistance after the second alarm.
No shifts are operating at the industrial site, said Holland. A firefighter injured his foot on a ladder, Holland said, and was taken to a local hospital. The fire fighter is conscious and the injury may be serious, but not life-threatening, he said.
The fire is under control, Holland said. Flames could be seen shooting from the top of the building. Water from fire hoses froze as crews battled the blaze in temperatures hovering at 10 degrees, leaving the ground glistening in icy mounds.
The Salvation Army was on the way to provide firefighters with food, drink and the means to warm up.
Staff Writer Tony Briscoe contributed