SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Around 6 p.m., the South Bend Fire Department responded to a call of a fire on the 1800 block of South Michigan Street. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire coming out of the building. Firefighters tried to go inside the building but, the fire was too severe so they backed out to fight the fire defensively.
“It’s the way we fight fires,” John Corthier, Assistant Fire Chief said. “When we realize the fire is so severe we back out immediately.”
Firefighters didn’t suspect any people were in the building because it was uninhabitable.
“We were told by police there were holes in the roof area,” Corthier said. “We weren’t sure when we arrived but that does help the fire burn. The nature of the fire which caused our firefighters to back out and we decided we would fight it from the outside.”
The fire department has responded to several calls at this building in the past because of emergency medical runs, trash fires and other runs likely due to squatters on the premises. The building is possibly a total loss and fire officials are still trying to determine the cause and the location where the fire started.