Cause of fire at vacant hotel on Elkhart's north side under investigation

Firefighters were called to a fire at 3011 Belvedere Road in Elkhart, before 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.

Posted on Dec. 22, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 22, 2013 at 8:14 a.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart Fire Department was called to a fire at the former Belvedere Inn before 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.

A passing motorist called in after noticing fire and grey and black smoke coming from the building at 3011 Belvedere Road on the city’s north side just south of the toll road.

Battalion Chief Wes Johnson, who was on the scene Sunday morning, said the motorist stopped and stayed until emergency crews arrived.

Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire, according to a release from fire investigator Tony Balzano.

The blaze was under control by 10:44 a.m. according to the release.

Johnson said the fire itself was contained to the west wing of the building.

According to the release, the building suffered heavy damage in some areas while others didn’t experience as much.

The first and second floors of the wing were both involved, as was the attic. Johnson said the fire had reached the attic by the time firefighters arrived.

The release said the fire originated on the first floor before moving its way up.

As of Sunday evening, the cause of the fire remained unknown.

The building has been vacant for some time. It was previously a Ramada Inn and housed a Bennigan’s restaurant.

The restaurant closed in 2009. After that, the hotel was renamed the Belvedere Inn.

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