At least 18 factories and other facilities run by General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler were affected.
"We don't know when we're going to be able to return to normal operations", said Consumers spokesman Roger Morgenstern.
Consumers says all gas flow from the station was shut off, and it activated natural gas peaking storage fields to help meet the demand for gas to heat homes and businesses.
Cell phones chimed with an emergency alert around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a message from Consumers Energy: "Due to extreme temps, Consumers asks everyone to lower their heat to 65 or less through Friday".
Dangerously low temperatures across the US forced several automakers, including General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, to halt production at some of their plants.
In a Twitter message, Consumers Energy warned that "without additional reductions, we run the risk of not being able to deliver natural gas to families and critical facilities across MI - a scenario none of us want to encounter".
Consumers Energy also sent a text alert about the natural gas reduction to customers' cell phones on Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reports, and CEO Patti Poppe addressed customers on Facebook Live Wednesday night, when temperatures in Detroit remained well below zero. Temperatures in MI were at their lowest levels of the week, with readings around negative 12 degrees in the Detroit area and at bitterly cold levels statewide.
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Consumers Energy executives asked customers to voluntarily turn down their thermostats to 65 degrees or below, and encouraged industrial customers to temporarily pause operations in an effort to conserve resources. She told The Detroit News early Thursday that "localized planned curtailments" for some homes and business if demand isn't reduced.
Consumers Energy said in a statement Thursday that it's "cautiously optimistic" its requests to curb natural gas use are "having a positive effect".
MI governor Gretchen Whitmer released a statement in response to the company's request. Temperatures in the state were at their lowest levels of the week, with readings around negative 12 degrees (negative 24 degrees Celsius) in the Detroit area and at bitterly cold levels statewide.
Gas utilities have asked several businesses to slash energy consumption during the compressor station outage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
DTE Energy, meanwhile, is asking MI customers to help "safeguard the reliability of the regional energy grid" amid the cold by voluntarily reducing electricity use.