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Fire destroys AMVETS post history

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. – Members say a fire that wrecked their northeastern Indiana veterans post also destroyed decades of the group’s history.

Leaders of AMVETS Post 23 in Hartford City say they plan to clean up and rebuild from Wednesday’s fire that burned through the building’s roof and left it mostly in rubble.

Post commander Bob Kovacs told The Star Press ( that plaques, pictures and awards that lined the walls marking the group’s history were all destroyed.

No one was hurt in the fire that a passer-by spotted before dawn in the city about 31 miles south of Huntington.

Fire Chief Ron Parrott said the building was engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived. The cause wasn’t immediately determined.

Fire struck the Bloomington AMVETS post July 16.