UPDATE: T-shirt business severely damaged in fire

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SOUTH BEND South Bend Avenue between Ironwood and Edison has officially opened back up. It was temporarily closed as emergency crews were on the scene at a fire in South Bend.

The blaze broke out shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday morning near the corner of Edison Road and South Bend Avenue in South Bend.

The South Bend Fire Chief confirmed to Newscenter 16 the fire originated in a building that is half vacant, half occupied by Crate 33, a custom t-shirt shop. No one was inside at the time of the fire.

Heavy smoke and flames were prevalent when crews arrived on scene, and caused severe damage to the roof. That meant fire fighters had to fight the blaze from outside.

The fire was brought under control in about an hour, despite problems with water freezing as firefighters tried to douse the flames. The freezing cause road crews to come out to put salt and sand out to help the crews. There was also some fear of power lines in the area coming down, but fortunately no injuries are reported.

Crews remained on the scene for several hours to check hot spots. The investigation is still ongoing.


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