Blaze erupts at Auburn Hills plastics plant

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Auburn Hills — A blaze swept through a plastic manufacturing facility's storage area early Tuesday, prompting response from at least five agencies and help from a drone, officials said.

The fire was at the US Farathane production facility at 2700 High Meadow Circle near Interstate 75 and University Drive, according to a tweet from the city of Auburn Hills.

Auburn Hills firefighters sent to the scene about 10:20 a.m. found a fire involving plastic and metal auto part containers stored on the south side of the building, the Fire Department said.

Investigators estimate as many as 20,000 storage bins were involved.

The National Weather Service office in White Lake tweeted the smoke plume from the fire rose to around 3,500 feet before leveling off.

The blaze was elevated to a second-alarm fire, which brought personnel and resources from Waterford Regional, Rochester Hills, Rochester, Oakland Township and Troy fire departments.

A drone from Rochester was deployed and helped identify hot spots before firefighters extinguished the fire at about 4:30 p.m.

There were no injuries or toxic chemical issues, the city said.

Farathane is conducting an investigation alongside local authorities, the city said. The fire limited production Tuesday.

Earlier, the city said the company's employees were evacuated from the building and the road was closed in both directions.
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Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed