Fire at Shelby Twp. roofing company storage yard burns for hours – The Oakland Press

A massive fire broke out Tuesday afternoon in the equipment and storage lot of Lutz Roofing Company in Shelby Township, sending thick plumes of black smoke soaring into the sky and tying up traffic in the area for hours.

Firefighters were still on the scene as darkness descended over the longtime business on 22 Mile east of Ryan roads. The fire was contained to the outdoor lot and did not penetrate the building, officials said.

“It’s quite the fire,” said Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathikas.

Firefighters use an aerial ladder truck to contain the blaze at Lutz Roofing Company Tuesday afternoon.(MITCH HOTTS — THE MACOMB DAILY)

One firefighter was transported to an area hospital facility for treatment of smoke inhalation, fire officials said.

A hazardous air alert was issued for the area by the Shelby Township Fire Department as residents living north of 22 Mile and south of 23 Mile Road, between Ryan and Shelby roads, were advised to stay indoors due to the dangerous air quality caused by the fire.

Stathikas said that was as a precautionary move because firefighters initially weren’t sure exactly what they were dealing with. No residences were evacuated, he added.

A fire crew from Detroit Arsenal arrives to assist with the roofing company fire.(MITCH HOTTS — THE MACOMB DAILY)

Witnesses said the fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. in the lot and employees were evacuated from the building.

Several semi trailers were ablaze and dark, gray smoke could be seen for several miles while fire crews  worked to get the blaze under control. Other materials such as tires and shingles were also burning.

Investigators will attempt to learn how the fire started on Wednesday.