By Ron Dewey

DETROIT (WWJ) – Firefighters in Detroit have quelled a fire at a vacant house that threw off so much smoke, visibility for the commute on I-75 was greatly reduced.

WWJ’s Ron Dewey reports the fire happened at a house along the I-75 service drive just south of Springwells in southwest Detroit.

As firefighters worked to control the blaze, smoke billowed into the air that was so dense, visibility on the freeway was reportedly at almost zero.

The flames spread to a neighboring house before the fire could be fully contained.

Both houses were unoccupied and no injuries were reported. The homes both sustained significant damage.

Just over two hours after fire started, the wind finally dissipated the smoke and traffic flow on the freeway returned to normal.

Fire officials say they suspect arson or at the very least vagrants or squatters who started a fire for warmth that got out of control — as is the case with just about any fire at a vacant dwelling.

The fire remains under investigation.


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