Madison Heights firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a commercial building and required the assistance of six other fire departments.
Madison Heights Fire Chief Greg Lelito said a 911 call regarding the Skyline screen printing and embroidery fire arrived at 11:35 p.m. on Sunday from two employees. The company works with clothes, does embroidery work and promotes itself as one of the the largest automated textile screen printing operations in the USA
The employees worked in the reception area at 32046 Edward Street, southeast of 14 Mile and John R roads, near East Whitcomb Avenue.
“The employees smelled of smoke,” Lelito said. “They opened a door to the back (production) area of the building and it was filled with smoke.”
The two employees left the building unharmed and no one was injured.
Even though the firefighters were on site within four minutes of calling 911, they were still dealing with the hot spots and cleaning up the site on Monday morning.
“When we got there, flames were coming out of the roof,” Lelito said.
A back wall of the 20,000 square foot, two story building collapsed first.
“After that, the whole roof collapsed,” said the fire chief.
Madison Heights firefighters have called Oakland County Sheriff’s investigators and are working with them to determine what started the blaze.
Lelito said firefighters had no idea on Monday where the blaze started in the building or what caused it.
It is too early to determine if the blaze is a suspect fire until investigators do more work, Lelito said.
The heat from the fire caused the metal beams inside the building to fail and some concrete block walls to collapse.
Fences are put in place around the site to protect the property.
A demolition crew was called in on Monday to remove some walls so firefighters can access any hot spots that may still smolder, Lelito said.
County firefighters and the Madison Heights Fire Marshal were scheduled to conduct a further investigation of the site on Tuesday.
Ferndale, Hazel Park, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Southfield and Royal Oak firefighters assisted Madison Heights during the blaze.