Fire destroys flea market on Detroit's southwest side - FOX 32 News Chicago

Fire destroys Mexicantown Flea Market on Detroit's southwest side

Posted: Updated:

By Robin Schwartz
Fox 2 News


DETROIT (WJBK) -- From SkyFox, flames could be seen shooting out of the Mexicantown Flea Market on Federal as crews worked to put out the fire, which started around 1:00 a.m. Monday.  The building, a landmark in southwest Detroit, is completely destroyed.

George Mills has sold furniture there for the last seven years.  He said the market was about to close and vendors had been told to leave.

"Business is bad.  It's been bad, but the reason they're closing, I really didn't get the whole story, but I'm pretty sure it's about losing money, you know, and just no customers (anymore)."

Vendors said they were told different things by the market's owner.  Some thought the building was sold, others thought he couldn't afford it anymore, and now the fire, which has left some sellers wondering.

"I have to admit it (doesn't) look right.  It looks bad, but I'm not the judge of that," Mills remarked.

Another vendor, who sold antiques in the building, said she has her own problems with the owner.  She said he gave her a bad check for $425 that bounced Monday.

"I think that he knew that the money wasn't in there to begin with when he gave us the check," said Irene Jacob.

"There was no business at all.  We would sit there and not sell anything," she added.  "It was good at one time, but I think it was just going down."

We were not able to reach the market's owner for comment.  We're told he also owns a neighboring building.

The cause of the fire is not yet determined.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Many concerned with water quality of Lake St. Clair

    Many concerned with water quality of Lake St. Clair

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:42:59 GMT
    Labor Day weekend is prime time for boating, fishing and water sports, but many property owners on Lake St. Clair are a bit concerned.
    Labor Day weekend is prime time for boating, fishing and water sports, but many property owners on Lake St. Clair are a bit concerned.
  • PACE program tax credits allow for law firm building's green makeover

    PACE program tax credits allow for law firm building's green makeover

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:27:40 GMT
    From the ground, the 1-800-Law-Firm building on Lahser between I-696 and Northwestern looks like a typical office building. Until you look from a different angle.Fox 2 climbed to the roof on a sunny afternoon to check out these newly installed solar panels, expected to offset half of the building's energy costs.They're part of a $1 million green makeover, but the Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE program, makes them more affordable. Kevin O'Connor, marketing director from the 1-800-Law-F...
    From the ground, the 1-800-Law-Firm building on Lahser between I-696 and Northwestern looks like a typical office building. Until you look from a different angle.Fox 2 climbed to the roof on a sunny afternoon to check out these newly installed solar panels, expected to offset half of the building's energy costs.They're part of a $1 million green makeover, but the Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE program, makes them more affordable. Kevin O'Connor, marketing director from the 1-800-Law-F...
  • One dead, one wounded in armed robbery of Detroit tire shop

    One dead, one wounded in armed robbery of Detroit tire shop

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:24 AM EDT2014-08-26 11:24:56 GMT
    The Easy Pay Tire Shop on Livernois and Tireman was closed for business Monday as family members grieved the shooting death of Michael Cople.
    The Easy Pay Tire Shop on Livernois and Tireman was closed for business Monday as family members grieved the shooting death of Michael Cople.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices