Roseville After almost 18 hours firefighters cleared the scene Thursday of a fire at an industrial complex that required the help of 10 Macomb County fire departments.
Fire Chief Mike Holland said crews were mopping up hot spots at National Precast Inc. in the 30000 block of Little Mack and working with crews to bulldoze the front of the building, where the second and third floors collapsed. The scene was cleared around 3 p.m. Thursday.
When firefighters arrived after getting a call at 9:24 p.m. Wednesday, they found the roof on fire. There were no workers inside the building at the time of the fire, the chief said.
Holland said he had no reason to believe the fire was suspicious, though the department had not yet determined its cause as of Thursday evening.
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.
They fought the fire for another 20 minutes and realized it was going to get very, very big, Holland said and a decision was made to call for more help.
Firefighters from Mount Clemens, Sterling Heights, Harrison Township and Center Line were called in.
A firefighter injured his foot on a ladder, Holland said, and was taken to a local hospital, where he received stitches.
A second firefighter sprained a finger and was treated at a local clinic.
The fire was contained to about 25 percent of the approximately 120,000-square-foot property, Holland said. Destroyed was the front section of the building, which was office space. The warehouse and several pieces of heavy equipment in the rear were spared.
Water from fire hoses froze as crews battled the blaze in temperatures hovering at 10 degrees, leaving the ground glistening in icy rivulets.
The Salvation Army provided firefighters with food, drink and the means to warm up.
Detroit News Staff Writers Tony Briscoe and Candice Williams contributed.