South Bend firefighters are still on the scene of a blaze, which caused smoke to blanket downtown early Sunday afternoon.
Around 12:30, dispatch received a call of smoke coming from Eckler-Lahey Lumber, on Franklin Street.
As the first company was leaving to fight the fire, they could see the smoke from the fire station.
By the time they got to building, just a few blocks away, the flames were out of control.
” A strong south westerly wind was blowing it into the building. The building was basically engulfed at that time. We called for extra companies right away and went on a defensive attack to contain the fire,” Al Kirsits, attending chief for the South Bend Fire Department, says.
No one was injured in the fire. Eckler-Lahey has been closed for a number of years, so the building was vacant. Investigators are searching for the cause, but say it appears to have started in a loading dock.
Streets around the scene had to be closed, when downed power lines sparked grass fires. Those fires are under control at this time, and the streets should re-open sometime this afternoon.