Large abandoned warehouse in Detroit catches fire

At warehouse fire on Wagner and Pittsburgh broke out just after 3 on Thursday in the closed P&L Truck and Trailer facitlity in SW Detroit, Sept. 26. (Tanya Moutzalias |


DETROIT — Fire consumed a commercial warehouse that encompasses an entire Detroit block in Detroit just north of Interstate 94 late Thursday afternoon just in time for rush hour traffic.

The smoke was visible from well beyond the city limits of Detroit.

Fire crews from Detroit and Highland Park worked to contain the raging blaze that showed little sign of weakening as of 5 p.m.

The shatter of glass caused by the extreme heat was audible from outside as thick yellow and black plumes of smoke rose skyward.

The warehouse, with signs that read P & I Truck and Trailer, is located at Martin and Pittsburgh. According to WDIV, Channel 4 News in Detroit, the business is abandoned, although security still hung from the building’s exterior.

Channel 4 is reporting no injuries to firefighters as of 5 p.m.