Large fire and explosion along I-75 near Auburn Hills, Michigan

PUBLISHED Mon, November 20, 2017 - 10:53pm EST
Credit: NBC25

Fire crews and other emergency services in Michigan were called to a massive fire with explosions at a gas line close to Interstate 75 near Auburn Hills, officials and witnesses say. The surrounding area has been evacuated. (more)

The incident began just after 10 p.m. on Monday when a fire erupted in the area of The Auburn Mile Shopping Center, which is located along I-75. Footage from the scene showed massive flames lighting up the night sky along with multiple explosions.

According to the Auburn Hills Police Department, a main gas line north of Brown Road in Orion Charter Township was on fire. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, but no large flames were visible at 11:30 p.m. after the gas had been turned off.

It was not immediately clear whether the fire had affected any structures in the area, but police said they were not aware of any casualties.

A large number of emergency services have responded to the scene of the incident. People are urged to avoid the area and an evacuation has been ordered for the area north of Brown Road, south of Judah Road, east of Baldwin and west of Joslyn.

Traffic was initially at a standstill on both Northbound and Southbound I-75 in Oakland County, but traffic has since been resumed. Several other roads in the area have been closed while emergency services work the scene.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said the incident had caused all of its 911 call capabilities to go down. As a result, anyone with an emergency is asked to call 248-858-4930 until the issue has been resolved.

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