Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 21, 2013

Many businesses hurt by Fort Wayne warehouse fire


Associated Press

FORT WAYNE (AP) — Fire officials in Fort Wayne say at least a dozen businesses rented portions of an old industrial complex destroyed in a massive blaze.

Assistant Fire Chief Jim Murua tells the Journal Gazette that investigators are sifting through the rubble of the two warehouse buildings to find what cause the fire that took crews six hours to extinguish on Monday.

Much of the warehouse space was used for storage, but lawn care and auto repair businesses also operated in the complex east of the city's downtown.

John Allen tells WANE-TV the fire destroyed all his tools and equipment for his car repair shop and that cars belonging to him and a customer were destroyed. Allen says he's grateful no one was hurt in the blaze.