Crews extinguish blaze at former Northland Center

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published December 20, 2019

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A fire broke out at the former Northland Center site recently. 

According to Lt. Chief Trent Rettschlag, of the Southfield Fire Department, dispatchers received a call around 8 p.m. Dec. 18 reporting a fire at the site, 21500 Northwestern Highway. 

When crews arrived at the scene, Rettschlag said, they were met with heavy smoke and fire in the area of the old Macy’s store. The building is currently empty. 

Rettschlag said around 60 firefighters on the scene battled the blaze for about six hours before it was extinguished. 

“There was nothing of value that was lost because the building is ready for demolition,” he said. “It was just remnants of the building.” 

Rettschlag said that at press time the cause of the fire is unknown and it remains under investigation. 

There were reportedly no injuries. 

In 2015, after a judge ruled that the mall would close, city officials announced that they had purchased the mall from the court-ordered receiver for $2.4 million and planned to demolish, remediate and sell the property to a qualified developer. 

A portion of the site was purchased in August and is slated for retail, housing and medical marijuana. 

Call Staff Writer Kayla Dimick at (586) 279-1108. 

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