Cause of Elkhart concrete contractor business fire undetermined

The company has moved to a temporary location after a fire destroyed its building on Sunday.

Posted on Feb. 28, 2014 at 5:58 p.m.

ELKHART — Investigators were unable to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a business on the east side of Elkhart on Sunday, Feb. 23, but they concluded the fire was not intentionally set.

Michael LaPointe, a fire investigator for Acuity Insurance Co., said the cause of the fire will be labeled "undetermined." However, he said he "didn't find anything suspicious about the fire."

The Elkhart Fire Department responded early on the afternoon of Feb. 23 to 4331 Pine Creek Road on reports of a fire.

The building was already fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Some of the first responding firefighters at the scene reported hearing an explosion within the building shortly after they arrived.

The fire department's investigator was unable to complete his investigation because of the extent of damage to the building.

Max Yeakey, the business owner, said the building and its contents inside were destroyed by the fire. The equipment outside the business was salvageable.

Yeakey said the business moved to a temporary location at 2110 Aeroplex Drive, just off of John Weaver Parkway. The business phone number, 574-264-0196, will remain the same.

Yeakey said he was not sure whether he will rebuild on the same location or whether he will find a new property for his business.

For now, Yeakey and his wife have focused on getting their employees back to work.

"We're excited to get a permanent location and in the meantime get acclimated to our new facility," he said.

Yeakey said he and his wife continue to receive emails and phone calls from friends, clients and others in the community who have expressed their support.

"You don't know until you go through something like this. But then when people come and offer their support it's just ... wow."

Premium Concrete Services is a family-owned specialty concrete contractor. Yeakey, a former firefighter, started the business with his wife, Becky, 10 years ago.


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