Industrial building on Detroit’s west side ablaze
Firefighters remained on the scene of an industrial building fire on Detroit’s west side Thursday afternoon, Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said.
“They’re bringing in heavy equipment and have to knock some walls down,” he said. “The roof collapsed and the material under the roof is burning. They could be there well into the night.”
Firefighters have been battling the blaze in the 14500 block of Meyers since 7 a.m.
The building contained plastic waste and transmission fluid, which are flammable, Fornell said. The color and thickness of the smoke indicate the presence of petrochemicals.
“The plastics produce a thick black, choking smoke that makes it hard to see,” Fornell said.
What started as an offensive operation, with the goal of containing the fire to the room or rooms where it started, then extinguishing it, quickly became a defensive operation.
Firefighters swept the building upon arrival and didn’t find anyone inside. When firefighters were on the roof of the building, it started to buckle.
Firefighters were pulled from the inside of the building and the goal was to keep the blaze from spreading. All firefighters who entered the building have been accounted for, Fornell said.
The fire department’s response at this point includes four fire companies, Fornell said.
Detroit News Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.