PHOTOS: Major Fire In East Windsor
Wednesday June 25th, 2014
Posted at 6:55pm
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Updated Thursday, 6:54am
Windsor Fire crews are still on scene of a fire in east Windsor at the old Wickes Bumper Plant in the 9100 block of Tecumseh Road east, just past Lauzon Road.
Officials say that a few hot spots still remain, but the fire is mostly out.
The fire broke out around 6:15pm Wednesday. At the height of the fire multiple fire crews are on the scene and fire crews from Tecumseh and LaSalle were providing coverage for the city.
Windsor Fire had asked all residents south of the fire location to shelter in their homes, but that has since been lifted.
Chief Fire Prevention Officer Lee Tome says most of what’s burning is an asphalt roof. Tome said the building has deep pits inside and firefighters are only battling the blaze from outside.
Tome confirmed that toxic chemicals once stored in the building were removed in 2010. The building is owned by the City of Windsor. It was taken over in a tax sale in 2010.
The city sought expressions of interest for the purchase, demolition, and redevelopment of the former bumper factory in early 2012.
The plant closed in 1990, and in 2012 a report to city council cited environmental risks on the property, including deposits of chromium, copper and nickel.
Tome said air quality monitoring had being set up southwest of the fire to determine if the smoke produced qualifies as a hazmat situation.
Windsor Police asked several curious residents to leave the parking lot at Tecumseh Mall citing an evacuation of the immediate are where smoke is drifting.
There were no injuries from the fire. Tome said investigators will begin their inspection as soon as the fire is out and its safe to examine the building’s wreckage.