Crews are unsure what caused a fire that consumed an historic building, and took them over an hour to put it out. The Koerner Block Building went up in flames around 3:15 p.m. EST.
Officials blocked off State Road 145 at S.R. 64 in Birdseye for nearly two hours while fire crews put the blaze out.
Several fire departments help put out the flames, but the building was not as lucky. The Koerner Block Building suffered severe damage, and is believed to be a total loss, but crews are trying to salvage some parts of the building.
Indiana Landmarks still has an option to buy the building, but it’s still privately owned by Karen and Ronald Ellis. Representatives with Indiana Landmarks say the doors were padlocked, but they recently noticed one of the locks was broken.
The Koerner Block Building was built in 1893.
There’s no word on what caused the fire. No one was hurt in the blaze.
Emergency crews are battling a fire at the Koerner Block Building. Crews were called to the scene around 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time, and blocked off State Road 145 at S.R. 64 in Birdseye.
Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department, Snellville Fire, and English Fire Dept. continue to fight the fire at this time.
Crews believe the building is a total loss, but are trying to salvage some of the original carpentry on the first floor. The second story collapsed.
Indiana Landmarks still has an option to buy the building, but it’s still privately owned by Karen and Ronald Ellis.
Drivers are asked to avoid the area.
We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update information as it becomes available.
Photos Courtesy Indiana Landmarks
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