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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.

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.

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