Detroit firefighters had a hard time getting enough water to fight a massive fire at a warehouse on Wednesday because of low water pressure.
The fire raged in three locations at "Palmer Promotional Products" warehouse in the 1600 block of Farnsworth on the city's east side.
The company makes office furniture and store fixtures.
All the pallets of wood inside added fuel to the fire.
At one point, there were hazmat concerns about glue and other chemicals stored in the building, but there was no threat to the public.
The fire swept through the warehouse quickly as firefighters struggled with their water supply.
At one point one hose was running at a drizzle.
"Initially, we had a problem with water supply but the water department was able to assist us," said Fire Commissioner Jonathan Jackson.
Firefighters also had to battle the elements - the combination of the snow and the wind put crews at a disadvantage.
"This is Detroit, it's Michigan. We are used to doing this in the extreme weather conditions. It does slow us down a little bit. It hampers some of our equipment. We adjust," Jackson said.
Fire investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire.