Abandoned Detroit Packard Auto Plant Catches Fire

Detroit's Packard Plant once built the finest automobiles in the world. It's been vacant for years. This spring, the security guards were finally pulled and as expected, looters pillaged it. Now the arsonists have moved in. Gallery below.

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The fire began at around 6:45 PM in the north run of the Packard plant at Grand River and Concorde, it quickly gained volume, producing enormous clouds of noxious black smoke which hung low over the surrounding neighborhood. At least three different fire trucks responded to the scene and the area was quickly cordoned off by police, though onlookers flocked to see the nearly mile long structure belch thick smoke. The blaze was eventually put out, though it's only matter of time before this kind of thing happens again. Everything burns.

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This is truly sad. These plants are automotive history just as much as the cars that rolled out of them. I LOVE driving by all of these plants and trying to picture what it was like back in the day when they were cranking out cars that people took pride in driving and the thought of driving a foreign made car never even entered your mind. I really wish that we could somehow preserve these places as the historical markers they really are, BUT were too busy trying to "change" America and be ashamed of being American to do that.

OK getting off the soapbox now.......