Firefighters evacuating downtown Detroit’s Penobscot Building due to smoke


According to official reports, firefighters are in an emergency in the historic Penobscot building in downtown Detroit.

Detroit Assistant Fire Safety Officer Dave Fornell said the department dispatched firefighters around 9:33 a.m. after receiving a call about smoke in the building’s boiler room.

“They’re still there,” he said. “You are evacuating the building.”

He said no injuries were reported at the time.

“Apparently the smoke comes in from the building’s electrical supply, so the DTE Energy crews are reacting,” Fornell said.

Wayne County Circuit Court officials said operations at the Penobscot building ceased Wednesday due to a building fire. As a result, all the staff of the friend of the court work remotely. In addition, hearings with arbitrators take place practically at set times. However, they will be postponed if they cannot continue on Wednesday.

Officials for Triple Properties Detroit, which manages the building, could not be reached for comment.

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Dusty Kennedy