On Wednesday July 9th 2014, at aprox 0113 hours, Detroit 7th Battalion companies were dispatched to a reported commercial building fire at W Vernor & Hubbard. While enroute Squad 4 reported heavy smoke showing. Upon the arrival of Ladder 8 a working fire was found in two commercial buildings. Engine 27 arrived on the scene and stretched on the fire.
Central office dispatched an extra engine for manpower. Chief 7 arrived on the scene and established command and conducted a size up. Chief 7 then requested a 2nd alarm. Defensive operations were initiated. Ladder 8 and Ladder 7 were set up for elevated master stream operations. This fire was brought under control in after two hours and a total building collapse. Engines 27/33/34/39/1, Ladders 8/7, Squads 4/3, Chiefs 7/5, and Car 203 responded too this incident.