Fire at vacant Northland mall under control, officials say

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A fire crew remained at the scene of vacant Northland mall into Thursday morning after smoke from the former Hudson's building was reported Wednesday.

Southfield Fire Department crews were still at the site of the former shopping center at about 10:30 a.m., officials said, but the fire that was underneath the Hudson's store was under control.  

Northland Mall is located at Eight Mile and the Lodge freeway. The fire burned for hours after beginning at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

No flames were visible against the night sky Thursday morning. The former buildings that once made up the popular shopping venue closest to Northwestern Highway appeared intact.

The mall, officially known as Northland Shopping Center, closed in 2015. The city of Southfield bought the mall with plans to lure developers to remake the 125-acre site.

When Northland opened in 1954, it was the largest shopping mall in the world, spurring Southfield's residential and commercial development.