Smoke from Wednesday morning fire seen for blocks

Photo of Wednesday's fire sent via Report from Scott Lahr.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A fire near the intersection of Pontiac Street and Coliseum Boulevard on Fort Wayne’s east side shut down the roads on Wednesday morning.

A shot of the building before the fire (left) courtesy Tom Ostrognai. A shot after Wednesday's fire (right).
A shot of the building before the fire (left) courtesy Tom Ostrognai. A shot after Wednesday’s fire (right).

An employee at a neighboring gas station saw the fire and called 911 at 8:37 a.m. The smoke from the blaze could be seen rising into the air and multiple fire crews were called in to help. The fire did not spread to the gas station or to a used car lot, which is also next to the building.

According to a fire commander at the scene, the building on fire used to house a biker club. A woman who identified herself as the owner of the building said that the building was not vacant, that there was retail space and storage on the first level and a reception hall above that.

Photos | Coliseum Boulevard fire 

Efforts to fight the fire were hampered a bit because of a frozen fire hydrant. Fire crews had to go to the next closest hydrant. It took crews a hour to get the fire under control and by 11 a.m., it was out.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.  Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire, and think it may have been electrical in nature.

Portions of Coliseum and Pontiac were closed until about 11 a.m. Traffic did not build up as the area is not very busy and cars were easily re-routed around the fire.

Another fire nearby on Meyer Road was called out around 10 a.m. Some crews fighting the fire on Coliseum Boulevard went to check out that fire and determined that it emanated from a  heating unit on the roof. That building, which houses Coastal Commerce Center, was evacuated and crews put out the fire.



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