Thompson Block destroyed by fire

Fire consumes the Thompson Block building in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town district early Wednesday morning. Firefighters from five local departments were called to the blaze.

One of Ypsilanti’s historic landmarks was lost early Wednesday morning when the Thompson Block building was consumed by fire.

Fire officials would not speculate as to the cause of the blaze in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town district, which consumed the old Civil War barracks originally constructed in 1861.

The fire started around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning and quickly spread through the 10,000 square foot wood and brick building adjacent to the railroad tracks located at the corner of Cross and River streets. Firefighters from five local departments helped battle the fire.

Investigator: Thompson Block fire ‘suspicious’ (from YpsiCiti.com)

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By Tom Brandt / The Eastern Echo

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