Fort Wayne storage fire leaves one dead, one injured

Firefighters say they found a man's body beneath debris inside the storage building.

Posted: Oct 30, 2019 9:41 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2019 1:26 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A man died after a fire started at storage facility near downtown Fort Wayne Wednesday.

The fire started at BTE Storage on South Broadway around 5 p.m.

Firefighters said the fire started inside one of the storage units in the northwest corner of the facility.

UPDATE: BTE STORAGE FIRE VICTIM IDENTIFIED

By the time firefighters arrived, the fire was in four units, spreading along the roof.

A man was found dead under a large pile of debris.

Another man was hospitalized with burns, his condition wasn't immediately released.

Firefighters said they found what appears to be a business operating out of one of the units, which is illegal.

Materials from the business and other units had to be pulled out to find any hidden fires.

Fires at storage facilities are more difficult to put out because there are many unknowns, such as what it is inside or how full it is.

The Allen County coroner will release the name of the man who died.

Fire investigators are working to figure out what caused the fire.

 

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