Fire damages Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly plant

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Fire crews have extinguished a blaze that began around 7 p.m. outside the Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly plant Tuesday evening.

Racks outside the plant caught on fire and spread flames to the building, officials said. It is unclear what the racks contained.

There were no injuries, according to fire officials.

The fire started on the facility’s north side near what one passerby Tuesday night identified as near the body shop. Fire crews could be seen from the road hosing down the side of the building.

The plant is west of Interstate 75 and north of Gibraltar Road.

“A corner of the building caught fire and employees in that area were quickly evacuated,” said Kelli Felker, a spokeswoman for the Ford Motor Co. “The cause of the fire is under investigation.”

The fire did not halt shift work Tuesday evening in other areas of the plant, Felker said. Work continued in those other areas during the fire as well, she said.

According to the UAW Ford Department Facebook page, authorities at the site said the fire was brought under control in under 40 minutes and no injuries had been reported.

The post said local UAW leadership “in conjunction with the National Ford Department was on site to ensure the safety of the membership during the evacuation.”

Fire departments from Flat Rock, Woodhaven and Rockwood responded to the blaze, which was put out shortly after 8 p.m., fire officials said.

The extent of damage to the building was not immediately known.

The plant produces the Ford Mustang and the Lincoln Continental.


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