Dort Highway closed after fire at Marathon terminal

A fire at the Marathon Flint Terminal in Genesee Township caused the facility's suppression system to spray material all over.
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GENESEE TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (3/25/2020) - A stretch of Dort Highway is closed after a fire broke out at the Marathon Flint Terminal in Genesee Township.

The fire was reported around 5:35 p.m. in the 6000 block of North Dort Highway near Coldwater Road. The onsite fire suppression system went off, spraying all over the facility.

The fire started from an electrical malfunction with a motor that operates a gate. Genesee Township Police Chief John Mullaly said the fire burned at more than 1,500 degrees before the suppression system went off.

Crews shut off power to the facility and continued monitoring the situation. Marathon stores thousands of gallons of petroleum at the terminal, but Mullaly believes none of it leaked.

Nobody was at the facility when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported.

A dry chemical fire suppression material covered the parking area outside the facility and even reached part of Dort Highway. An environmental crew was on the scene to help cleanup the material.

"Anytime you have a chemical or any kind of foreign object on the ground it becomes a hazmat problem," Mullaly said.

North Dort Highway remained closed between Stanley and Carpenter roads after 7 p.m. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.