Detroit Crews Handle Packard Plant Blaze

On Sunday June 28, companies from the first battalion responded to the area of E. Grand Blvd and Concord for a fire at the vacant Packard Car Company Assembly Plant.

Crews reported heavy smoke coming from 102-year-old structure. Chief 1 requested a second-alarm, and by orders of the chief of the Detroit Fire Department, no firefighters were to enter the structure.

Built in 1907, the Packard Car Company operated until 1956, building cars and planes for the war effort during WWI. After the Packard Company ceased operation the building was left vacant until the late 1970s when it was revived as the Motor City Industrial Park until the late 1980s.

Since the beginning of 2009, many small fires have been set in the structure. About two weeks ago, another fire was set and crews were ordered not to enter the structure and to let the fire burn out.

The fire raged most of the day and through the night before it eventually burned out.

Crews worked through the night and continue to work into Monday. Many fire companies from the Detroit Fire Department operated at this fire, using two ladder pipes, an aerial platform and numerous ground and rig mounted monitors.