DETROIT A Detroit charter school and residents in an eastside neighborhood were evacuated as firefighters battled a blaze in a large commercial warehouse.
Flames from the building could be seen for blocks Thursday afternoon, while thick, black smoke spread out for miles from the fire.
WDIV-TV reports that the fire is at chemical company. The neighborhood is a mix of homes, small shops and warehouses.
Fire officials have called it a level 3 hazardous material situation.
WXYZ-TV reports that police are evacuating houses and businesses in a 3-block radius around the building. Traffic also was blocked from nearby streets.
A Detroit Public Schools spokeswoman says police helped evacuate White Elementary School due to air quality issues. The school is a charter authorized by the district.