Thursday, September 10, 2020

Industrial fire destroys area building

Don Howard, Staff Writer

Plymouth Township firefighters man aerial ladder
truck, one of several fire apparatus required to
control massive industrial fire last week at an
industrial facility. Photo by Dan Phillips

Faulty equipment was determined as the preliminary cause of an industrial fire that destroyed a Plymouth Township manufacturing facility on Friday afternoon.

Fire officials said the building that housed Netshaped Solutions, located at 9075 General Dr. near Joy Road, was likely a total loss but there's a chance much of the heavy industrial cold forming and thread rolling equipment was saved from damage.

Township Fire Chief Dan Phillips said an employee working overtime first reported the fire at 3:45 p.m. According to Phillips. the business entity performs manufacturing operations that involve cutting oil and fluids, believed to be the main source of the fire. 

In addition to the Plymouth Township Fire Department, mutual aid was summoned from Northville City, Northville Township, Canton, Livonia, Westland and Inkster Fire departments. Phillips said they had the fire under control by 8:30 p.m.

“We're happy the business owner called 9-1-1 quickly to protect the exposure all firefighters experience and there were no injuries,” Phillips said.

An environmental cleanup crew was at the scene of the fire on Saturday afternoon.