(La Porte, IN) - The cause of a house fire last Wednesday that caused heavy damage on Monroe Street in La Porte is still under investigation.
According to officials, the owner of the home living on the first floor made it out safely. The apartment upstairs was still unoccupied after the tenants moved out about three months ago. The owner was about to start renovating the building before the blaze, and a workshop area had been set up in a portion of the interior to prepare for construction.
“Our crews arrived on scene to find heavy fire coming from the front and side of the building on the first floor,” he said.
Snyder said the damage would have been worse had it not been for a quick response to the fire.
“They were able at least get the fire knocked down pretty quickly and take care of hot spots pretty quickly,” he said.
Snyder said damage to the structure and contents was estimated at $55,000.