The iconic tower is nearly a century old and rises high above the concrete ruins.
DPD denies evidence of a brazen, dangerous scrapping operation that is putting motorists and residents at risk.
Firefighters perused the debris for a scrapper who had become pinned in the debris.
During our one-hour drive, we saw scrappers, suspected drug dealers, a loose pit bull, gang-related graffiti, wide-open abandoned homes, dilapidated businesses and yards covered in trash.
The naked lurker crawled on his hands and knees, with his tongue out, and gazed at the flames.
Who are the scrappers? They are laid-off autoworkers, drug addicts, high school dropouts and others trying to get by.
Some residents also hurled insults at the owners of Ideal Market at Chene and Ferry, accusing them of burning down the store for insurance money.
Police were seen patrolling the perimeter of the plant Monday, even as suburban teens threw bricks at buildings and thieves continued to load pickup trucks with scrap metal.
The money is quick and easy – and the metal market is booming, producing record profits for shady scrapyards and a modest living for scrappers.
Investigation: Thieves tear apart Packard Plant for scrap metal in broad daylight; neighbors at risk
Scrapping thieves have become alarmingly more daring and audacious as police have virtually ignored an organized scrapping operation that has sprung up at the abandoned Packard Plant in Detroit.