Metro Food Center in Detroit believed to be a total loss after fire on Christmas Eve

Fire broke out before 1 p.m.

Fire destroys grocery store on Detroit's west side
Fire destroys grocery store on Detroit's west side

DETROIT – The Metro Food Center on West Warren Avenue in Detroit near I-94 caught fire on Christmas Eve as shoppers were doing some last minute shopping.

Video from Sky 4 shows a massive amount of smoke coming from the building. The fire broke out inside the store before 1 p.m.

An employee at the store said the fire started in the backroom and spread quickly. He said he tried to put the fire out but because of how fast it was spreading he turned his focus to getting everyone out of the store.

“I made everybody get out, even the customers too. Right away I called 911 because I knew I couldn’t stop it,” employee Sam Hana said. “Firefighters came after like five minutes and that was it.”

Smoke was still coming from the building before 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

Crews battle fire at Metro Food Center on Christmas Eve in 2019.

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