ELKHART — A storage barn is a total loss after a massive fire near Rice Cemetery in Elkhart early Tuesday.
The Elkhart Fire Department responded to 465 James St. around 3:20 a.m. and arrived to find the structure engulfed in flames. Firefighters attacked the blaze defensively from outside the barn due to the amount of fire and because the structure was starting to collapse.
Crews from five engines and two aerial trucks helped knock down the flames, according to a fire department press release. Firefighters declared the blaze under control about 35 minutes after arriving on the scene, then moved inside the barn to extinguish the rest of the fire.
Elkhart Fire Investigator Antonio Balzano listed the damage at $16,000 to the barn and declared it a total loss. The cause of the fire undetermined. The owner of the structure told fire crews he does not have insurance for the barn or its contents.