Firefighters were called to the five-story brick building at Harper near Gratiot at 6:45 a.m. when they spotted fire on the fourth floor.
The mighty downtown headquarters was built at a time when Detroit had one of the largest populations in the U.S.
Both newspapers have lost so many journalists over the past decade that large areas of their newsrooms are bare.
Today, the historic building was evacuated – maybe for the last time – after water spewed from broken pipes for nearly a week, soaking most of the floors, causing ceilings to crash down and shutting down the elevator and toilets.
The newspapers are hunting for new office space in downtown or midtown and selling their headquarters at 615 W. Lafayette Blvd.