New business destroyed in LaGrange County fire

LaGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - A new business is facing a major setback after its LaGrange County barn was destroyed in a fire.

According to the LaGrange Fire Department, a passerby saw the building on fire around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday near 375 West and U.S. 20. Seven fire departments responded.

Farmers Custom Pellet Milling was still being set up. The owner told 16 News Now his company planned to grind hay into livestock feed and hoped to open within a week.

No people or animals were injured in the fire, but the owner believes the building is a total loss.

A LaGrange fire captain said there was a lot of hay in the building, which is combustible.

"It's hard to come up with an exact cause. There are several items that could possible be [the cause] because there was electric to the building. There was gas to the building," explained Capt. Matt Huffman with the LaGrange Fire Department. "[I] don't believe gas was involved, but you can't rule out anything."

Arson is not suspected. The state fire marshal is investigating the cause.