Crews battle fire at empty building on Detroit's west side

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
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Detroit — Nearly 12 hours after a fire erupted Friday at a shuttered building on the city's west side, crews remained on the scene.

The blaze at Grand River and Lothrop has been contained but a smaller contingent of firefighters will be "continuing to monitor and pour water into the building until they feel it’s no longer a danger," said Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department.

Earlier Friday, as many as 60 firefighters battled the blaze at the site.

The fire was reported about 6:40 a.m., Fornell said.

A Detroit firefighter aims water at an engulfed building in flames at Grand River and Scotten  in Detroit, Friday, February 5, 2021.

The building, called The Shops at Grand Square, has no second-floor windows, Fornell said.

There was no immediate word on  the cause of the fire, but Fornell described the firefighting effort as "long, drawn out" due to the size of the building.

"At this point the investigators have interviewed people and witnesses, but there's no way they can gain entry into the building right now because it's too dangerous," he said late Friday.

Warehouse fire on Grand River Ave. and Scotten St. in Detroit. Detroit, Mich, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021,

One person who was at the scene reported back injuries, Fornell said, but no one else was hurt.

Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed

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