At least two dozen firefighters and several ambulances rushed to downtown Detroit after several high-rise buildings in downtown lost power, trapping people in elevators.
Extra help was called after people began complaining of health problems and trouble breathing inside congested elevators at the 73-story GM Renaissance Center, One Detroit Center, the Riverfront Towers and several other high-rises. At least four injuries were reported.
The outage began shortly after 4 p.m., prompting what has been an exhaustive rescue by firefighters.
DTE said it is trying to fix the outage as quickly as possible. Power was restored to most buildings at 6 p.m.
So many firefighters were downtown that dispatchers couldn’t send a rescue squad to a reported house fire on Detroit’s east side.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.