Fire still smoldering at warehouse in Highland Park

- A large warehouse fire still burning in Highland Park is continuing to cause problems in the area. The air quality is poor, several homes have been evacuated and several schools have also been canceled for the day. You can see a list of the schools here

No injuries are reported from the fire, which started around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Propane tanks and other combustibles inside the 500,000 square foot warehouse exploded throughout the day. Officials say it could be a week now before the smoke clears. Those with pre-existing lung conditions may notice a flare-up of symptoms.

FOX 2's Maurielle Lue spoke with Monica Middleton, a resident who has been evacuated from her home. She says on Wednesday she heard explosions and that sparks from the fire were landing on her car, which was parked outside her front door.

The warehouse building was home to Reclaim Detroit, which salvages material from abandoned homes. Craig Varterian, Reclaim Detroit's executive director, says everything was destroyed inside the building, including machinery and office equipment.

Highland Park was in a boil water advisory for most of Wednesday, but that is no longer in effect.

No word yet on how the fire began.

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 2 for updates.
 


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