Antique store destroyed in early morning fire
Posted: Jan 24, 2012 10:47 AM EST | Updated: Nov 5, 2014 5:13 PM EST
SPRINGFIELD, Ind. – An antique store was destroyed early Tuesday morning after flames engulfed the building, ruining a lot of the inventory, including antique cars and gas station items.
Lemon’s Enterprise, located on State Road 39 and 900 North in La Porte County, went up in flames around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The owner, Bill Lemons, told ABC 57 he thinks an electrical problem sparked the fire.
Lemons said the roof was completely caved in, and there was extensive damage inside the charcoaled facility.
“I was at home, and a neighbor called me at 2 a.m. to let me know my store was in flames,” said Lemons. “I rushed here. It’s pretty bad. I think the fire started at the center of the building.”
Flames and smoke were still showing at 4:30 a.m., and crews were working on hot spots until about 5:30.
Over ten engines lined the both roads, blocking traffic.
Semi trucks and vehicles were at a standstill both east and west of the fire, leaving several drivers stuck for hours.
Traffic was back open around 5 a.m., and crews cleared out just before 6 a.m.
The fire remains under investigation.