Butler figuring out next steps after fire

The fire sent eight people to the hospital, some of who jumped out out a second story window.

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 9:16 PM
Updated: Jan 31, 2018 10:35 PM

BUTLER, Ind. (WFFT) - The city of Butler is working to determine what's next after a fire destroyed a historic building in downtown Butler Tuesday.

The fire sent eight people to the hospital, some of who jumped out out a second story window.

Most of the people were released Tuesday.

The fire started Tuesday morning on the 100 block of South Broadway, just south of U.S. 6.

"It's difficult to see. These buildings have a lot of history," said Steve Bringham, Butler City Planner.

Many people stopped and took pictures of what was left of the two buildings Wednesday afternoon, many from their cars.

The area is roped off as the investigation into the fire continues and city officials bring in structural engineers.

"They come up Thursday and take a look at it and determine what needs to be done to protect the traffic, the pedestrians and public safety in general," said Bringham.

He said city leaders will then need to figure out where to go once the building is safe.

"We need to discuss what needs to be done in terms of either removing the building or making them safe again and redeveloping that block," Bringham said.

Many people in town told WFFT Wednesday told WFFT they would like to see redevelopment, possibly returning the town back to its glory days.

"They were owned by families that operated businesses out of them for a long time. Even now we have people actually living above the store front," Bringham said.

He added the city might tear down the buildings and make it part of a larger project for the community.

The city said it also plans to tear down the buildings across the street from the fire to make room for a park.

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