Blaze out at auto scrap yard on Detroit's east side

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A two-alarm blaze at a metal recycling yard on Detroit's east side that created a massive plume of smoke seen around the city Monday has been contained and extinguished, officials said.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said firefighters left the scene at the property in the 6400 block of Strong near Mt. Elliott and Interstate 94 by 9 p.m.

"We're in good shape," he said, adding the blaze "was contained to the yard. It was never a threat. There was no report of any injuries."

A fire on the property of a company called Ferrous Metals, located in the 6400 block of Strong Street near Mt. Elliot and Interstate 94, is prompting a massive plume of dark smoke over the Detroit.

The property is listed in public records as Strong Steel Products.  The Ferrous Processing & Trading Co. on its website says it "is one of North America’s premier processors, sellers and recyclers of scrap metals of all kinds," and lists Strong Steel as one of its Michigan locations.

Fornell said the company takes cars and shreds them for recycling. He added a fire was reported at the site in the past.

Ferrous officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night on the blaze.

Smoke from the junkyard fire can be seen rising over homes in Hamtramck.

Twitter: @CharlesERamirez

Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed to this report.