Highland Park, MI -- Flames were reported at 2:30am at the warehouse that was the home to several businesses.
Craig Varterian, owner of the nonprofit, Reclaim Detroit, got a call at 4am that the warehouse that he runs his business out of was on fire. "I'm really shell-shocked. It burned to the ground. All of our equipment, all of our inventory, all those materials we've been collecting for so long."
Other businesses destroyed in the fire include a recycling company and a marketing materials business. The warehouse was $565,000 square feet.
Fire crews expect it to take a week to extinguish the fire.
The Highland Park Fire Department issued a boil-water alert because of the low-water pressure due to firefighting efforts.
The smoke from the fire required the evacuation of nearby residents in a high-rise senior home and a nearby apartment complex and townhomes. Residents were taken by bus to the Soul Harvest Ministry.
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