ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A historic grain elevator and feed mill was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.
Firefighters were called around 4:45 a.m. to State Line Road and Hoagland Road in the unincorporated town of Dixon.
Fire officials told NewsChannel 15 the building was fully engulfed when they arrived. Firefighters took a defensive position around the building and sprayed water to protect a nearby home and keep down any embers.
By 6 a.m., the building had collapsed and firefighters had extinguished most of the flames.
Fire officials said emergency dispatchers were told a vehicle with juveniles was seen leaving the area at the time the fire was noticed. It’s unclear if the car or people in the car had anything to do with the fire.
Multiple fire departments from Allen County and Ohio responded to the fire to help with water delivery and manpower.
The building is believed to have been built in the early 1900’s. It’s been privately owned for most of its existence, but has been abandoned for several years. Several people told NewsChannel 15 it hasn’t been an active mill for at least 30 years.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.