Fire breaks out at DDOT bus facility on Detroit's east side

By Nick Monacelli - Reporter, Ian Vickers - Producer

DETROIT - Detroit firefighters were battling a fire Friday morning at a Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) facility that broke out early Friday morning on the city's east side.

UPDATEVideo shows aftermath of DDOT facility fire on Detroit's east side

The fire has spread to several bays. The facility is located on Shoemaker and St. Jean St.

DDOT released this statement:

"There was a fire early this morning around 1:30 a.m. at the DDOT Shoemaker Terminal on St. Jean Street on the City's Eastside. At this time we believe that fewer than 10 buses have been affected. While the cause of the fire is under investigation, all routes will be covered but some may experience delays. Our normal daily pullout is approximately 200 buses for the morning peak rush-hour which begins roughly around 6am. More than half of those buses come from our other terminal. 

The complete list of affected routes will be provided later this morning. Passengers can view real time route information by downloading the DDOT bus app or they can use Text-My-Bus by texting their nearest location or intersection to 50464 to find out what time their bus will arrive at any designated stop. Our Customer Service Department can be reached at 313-933-1300 starting at 5:30 a.m. this morning."

DDOT Director Dan Dirks said every bus route will run on Friday. 

"We are not cutting any service. The service might run a little bit late this morning, and I urge our customers to use the smart bus app and that will tell them where it is. But you know, good transit systems have contingency plans," he said. 

Dirks said 15 to 20 percent of the fleet is not usually used. That's why they can get away with operating without losing any routes. 

However, the fire scene is so large it has delayed buses from leaving the facility. 

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