Huntertown auto dealership building gutted by fire

Firefighters extinguish flames at a business in Huntertown early Wednesday morning.

HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (WANE) – A building that houses “timhake automotive” was severely damaged by fire Wednesday morning.

Huntertown firefighters were called just after midnight when someone called 911 and said a building was on fire near Old Lima Road and Lima Plank Parkway.

Crews arrived at the car dealership inside Huntertown’s industrial park and found a two-story building engulfed in flames.

Huntertown Fire Department Operations Chief Robert Boren said heavy flames and black smoke were pouring out of the roof and windows when they arrived. Firefighters went through the front door of the business and attacked a large area of fire before eventually putting out all the flames in forty minutes.

Boren said it appears the fire started in a front office, but said the investigation was early and ongoing.

Damage to the building was extensive.

Portions of the roof collapsed and several windows and overhead doors were broken or torn down by firefighters. Pieces of aluminum siding were strewn across the grass and black marks lined the outside of the building.

Boren said one car parked next to the building, a Camaro, was damaged by the fire. Boren said there didn’t appear to be any vehicles inside the building and several other vehicles parked in the lot were not damaged.

Two cats died in the fire, according to Boren.

Tim Hake, the owner of the business, declined to speak with NewsChannel 15.

The business was closed and no one was inside the building when the fire started. No injuries were reported.

“timhake automotive” has been in business in Huntertown since 2001, according to the business’ Facebook page.

The Washington Township Fire Department and Northeast Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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