Fire closes sheet metal workers facility
By Terry Oparka
Posted August 27, 2013
TROY — High heat and heavy smoke initially hampered firefighters’ efforts to extinguish a blaze possibly sparked by electrical wires at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 292 facility at 64 Park Street on the Clawson-Troy border, east of Livernois and south of Maple, just after 3 p.m. Aug. 26.
According to reports, upon arrival at the scene, firefighters saw smoke coming from the roof of the large, two-story light industrial building that also housed a sheet metal business. Firefighters took a hose line up to the second floor to try to locate and put out the fire but were forced to back out due to heavy smoke and heat, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Dave Roberts in a prepared statement.
The fire gained intensity and burned through the roof, raising a second alarm, according to reports.
Roberts said two ladder trucks deployed large-capacity hoses to extinguish the blaze from the air in an effort to contain the blaze to the front part of the building.
This knocked down most of the fire, and then firefighters, from inside the facility, used hose lines to put out the rest of the blaze on the second floor and roof of the warehouse. This kept the fire from spreading to the warehouse, Roberts said.
All occupants of the facility evacuated safely before firefighters arrived, according to reports, and nobody was hurt. Alliance Mobile Health emergency medical technicians closely monitored firefighters due to the high heat of the fire and the humid weather conditions, Roberts said. Firefighters were on the scene for several hours and Park Street was closed to traffic throughout the incident.
The building suffered extensive damage to the front, two-story office section, according to reports. Roberts said the rear warehouse and contents were not damaged. The business remained closed at press time and could not be reached for comment.
The blaze started on the second floor of the building, above the ceiling, and spread into the attic, according to reports. Roberts said that the preliminary investigation indicated the fire may have been electrical, but it remains under investigation.
About the author
Staff Writer Terry Oparka covers Troy and the Troy School District for the Troy Times. Oparka has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2000 and attended Oakland University and Macomb Community College. Oparka has won an award from the Michigan Press Association and four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter.
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