Water issues affect Wolcottville fire

A material business in Wolcottville off of Main Street is in ruins after a fire. People who live there say the business was there for several years, and putting out the fire was no easy task with water problems.

Posted: Jan 13, 2019 7:49 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2019 6:16 AM

WOLCOTTVILLE, Ind. (WFFT) - MC Surplus Store, used to stand right here in this spot before the fire ripped through. The three story material service store hasn't been there long according to people who live in the area. People have been driving and walking along taking in all the damage.

"I was concerned that it was going to be someone's major business. Uptown here hasn't been built up very often. It had been vacant for several years. To hear they moved in there starting to build it up, I was a little upset that we've lost a business," Jill Grady said. She’s lived in Wolcottville 20 years.

That's not the only thing lost. As crews were trying to put out the fire yesterday afternoon, they ran into water issues causing them to work well into the night to put it out. There wasn't enough water. The fire department drained the city's water tower.
The city is under a boil water advisory now.

"We knew there was a major thing happening, my husband and I, because we lost water pressure about four o'clock, and then come to find out they had completely emptied our water tower. So we were completely without water throughout the evening."

Kraig Ackarman saw the action from his home, but didn't anticipate they'd be facing another problem other than the fire.

"While the fire was going on they had Main Street pretty much blocked off. People couldn't get through there. They had to turn people around for a couple of hours at least," he said.

The fact it took a very long time has him questioning what’s going on.

"I guess it just makes me wonder what's going on with the whole water supply. Why something like this has to keep happening," he said.

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