Fireground Management, Leadership

Detroit “Street Experience” Contains Warehouse Fire

Issue 11 and Volume 170.

BY MICHAEL NEVIN Soon after one of the busiest Fourth of Julys in Detroit (MI) Fire Department (DFD) history, the department responded to a commercial box alarm of fire in the city’s wholesale food distribution area, the Eastern Market. At 0928 hours on July 8, 2017, the DFD dispatched four engines, a ladder/platform, a ladder, two squads, two battalion chiefs, and emergency medical services (EMS) to 1555 Division, between Riopelle and Orleans. Since 1891, the Eastern Market, just east of downtown Detroit, has been the main wholesale distribution center for produce and meats for restaurants and other customers in southeastern Michigan. Battalion Chief 1 reported smoke showing just as Squad 3 arrived and described the structure as an occupied 75- × 75-foot, two-story commercial building with fire in the rear. As with most warehouses in the area, the building involved was connected to other commercial structures, making this fire much…

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