FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Just 12 hours after a small fire damaged a portion of a business on Bass Road a much larger fire consumed the entire building early Thursday morning.
Firefighters were called to A-1 Drilling at Hadley and Bass Roads around 2 a.m.
Crews were first called to the business around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and extinguished a fire that only damaged a small area in the back.
It’s unclear what sparked the second blaze, but strong winds fueled flames quickly across the entire building. Firefighters launched a water attack from the outside of the building from several directions.
It took about an hour to get the fire under control.
Officials were told 100 gallons of racing fuel were inside the building. A series of small explosions could be heard as the fire raged, likely from small gas containers or propane tanks. It’s not known if flames ever compromised the racing fuel. Fire officials were not available to comment on exactly what was in the building. A drilling truck inside the building was engulfed in flames. Another work truck parked at the front of the building was moved to prevent any damage.
A FWPD officer was able to get a woman and her cat out of a home that sits on the property. Firefighters were able to prevent flames from reaching the house which sits about 30 feet from the building.
Other nearby homes were closely monitored but no evacuations were necessary.
Both Hadley and Bass Roads were closed in the immediate area to allow room for fire trucks and first responders.
The cause of both fires is under investigation.
Aboite, Arcola, Southwest Fire and Washington Township Fire Departments all responded to the fire.