- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) - A fire that destroyed a large warehouse building in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park continues to smolder, prompting officials to close nearby schools as a precaution.

No injuries are reported from the fire, which started early Wednesday and sent smoke into the air Thursday morning.

Highland Park Fire Chief Kevin Coney tells The Detroit News it could be a week before the fire is fully extinguished. Area residents were evacuated.

The warehouse building was home to Reclaim Detroit, which salvages material from abandoned homes. Craig Varterian, Reclaim Detroit’s executive director, says everything was destroyed inside the building, including machinery and office equipment.

He pledged to continue Reclaim Detroit’s work, saying in a statement that “starting over from the ashes, it’s going to take a lot of help.”



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