DETROIT — Workers were evacuated from a portion of Ford Motor Co.’s Sterling Axle plant in suburban Detroit on Tuesday morning as firefighters battled a blaze around a production machine, the company and fire officials said.
Mark Docherty, battalion chief for the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Fire Department, told Automotive News on Tuesday that the fire was on the south side of the plant. The machine contained about 30,000 gallons of oil, which was on fire in addition to the machine, he said, and foam was needed to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported.
“Fire damage was contained on the machine itself and did not spread to the building or other machines,” Docherty said, “although there was some further damage to the building due to ventilation of the fire, water and smoke. Due to limited visibility and size of the machine, it was difficult to extinguish.”
The 3-million-square-foot plant produces rear axles for the F-150, F-250, Expedition, Navigator, Mustang and Transit…