Fire, loud boom at DTE substation rattles downtown Detroit

Detroit fire officials were investigating the cause of a blaze at a downtown DTE substation Friday afternoon after nearby office workers reported hearing a loud boom and experiencing a brief power outage.

No injuries were reported in the fire that broke out around 1:30 p.m. at the substation on Howard Street, near Third Street, said Detroit Fire Chief James Harris.

Glass covers the ground in front of the DTE substation at Lafayette blvd and 3rd street where an explosion blew out a window and emergency crews responded in Detroit on Friday, April 12, 2024.
Glass covers the ground in front of the DTE substation at Lafayette blvd and 3rd street where an explosion blew out a window and emergency crews responded in Detroit on Friday, April 12, 2024.

Power at the facility has been deenergized for safety reasons, with electric service to nearby buildings rerouted to avoid outages, the utility said in a statement.

WWJ reported one witness said they heard an explosion. A portion of the DTE substation's exterior is charred.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Fire, loud boom at DTE substation rattles downtown Detroit