DETROIT (WWJ) – A big fire burning Friday afternoon in southwest Detroit drew a lot of attention from motorists along I-75 near the Rouge River bridge.

The fire, at a vacant warehouse, had been contained by Detroit fire crews by around 2:30 p.m.

Witness Richard Yaken was traveling the freeway when he spotted the blaze just north of the Marathon plant.

“It’s an old brick building underneath I-75 near the old NS bridge.  It’s up in flames big thing back there,” Yaken told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Sandra McNeil. “The flames were going up really high; smoke was covering the freeway on the Rouge overpass.”

Fire crews remained on the scene putting water on some hot spots after 3 p.m.

No injuries were  reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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