Detroit, Michigan – A massive fire broke out Friday at the Mueller Building in Detroit’s Woodward neighborhood, killing at least three people and destroying the building, officials said.

Firefighters responded to reports of a blaze around 7:30 p.m. local time at the structure.

Officials said they believed it started at a vacant building.

“We don’t know what caused the fire,” said Capt. Eric Krasner, a spokesman for the Detroit Fire Department.

A witness told ABC News that he saw flames shooting out of the roof of the building and that he believed at least one person was killed.

In a statement, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan called the fire “a tragedy for the city.”

“While we don’t yet have an exact count of the number of lives lost, we are very fortunate that no one was hurt in this tragic fire,” he said.

Detroit has experienced more than 10 years of severe weather in the past six months, including two days of heavy snowfall.

On Monday, the National Weather Service said that Detroit had been hit by “the strongest storm” in the region in its history, with wind gusts of more than 120 miles per hour.

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