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Fire damages downtown building


A little bit of lucky timing played a big part in containing a fire that broke out a little before 3:30 p.m. on Friday in a downtown LaGrange shop.

The LaGrange and Howe fire departments were returning from a grass fire run on US 20 east of LaGrange and were just passing Farmers State Bank when they were paged to 106 S. Detroit St. in LaGrange, just two blocks away at Country Style Meats.

The departments were at the scene a few seconds later and began to work on the fire that had started in the ceiling of a back room.

LaGrange Fire Chief Matt Huffman said that crews were able to knock down the fire quickly and prevent it from spreading any further thanks to the quick response.

Firefighters from Johnson Township also responded with mutual aid at the scene.

Crews stayed on scene for several hours as they knocked down parts of the ceiling to ensure that they had gotten all of the hotspots, using thermal cameras to check.

One firefighter from LaGrange was hospitalized for exhaustion, Huffman said.

The owner of Country Style Meats stated that the shop will be closed until further notice.

Assisting at the scene were the LaGrange Police Department, LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, and LaGrange County EMS.