Crews extinguish blaze near downtown Detroit

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

The fire department quickly extinguished a blaze Wednesday morning in a vacant commercial building just west of downtown Detroit, according to officials.

Several crews were dispatched around 8:30 a.m. to West Fort and Rosa Parks, where heavy black smoke could be seen billowing from an old brick structure.

“It was through the roof when they got there but it was isolated; it was controlled very easily,” Deputy Commissioner Dave Fornell said. “They ended up fighting it from the outside (because) it was too dangerous to go in. They were there about an hour.”

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remained under investigation Wednesday, Fornell added.

This was one of at least two Detroit commercial building fires that sparked Wednesday, with crews also battling flames at another structure on the city’s west side.

Officials do not believe the fires are connected, Fornell said.

“This does not seem like a lead up to Angel’s Night,” he said, referring to the night before Halloween, once notorious for arson fires. “We get eight to 10 fires a day, some days more, some days less. We don’t see any connection with these fires at all.”

The department remains on the look-out for suspicious fires, he said.

“If there were a bunch of fires in a certain area or if it looked like there was a serial arsonist, that would be something different,” Fornell said. “But at this point there is no particular pattern.”

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