HARTFORD CITY – Members of a central Indiana veterans post said a fire ruined the building and destroyed decades of the group’s history.
Members of AMVETS Post 23 in the Blackford County seat plan to clean up and rebuild from Wednesday’s fire, which burned through the building’s roof and left it mostly in rubble, post commander Bob Kovacs told the Star Press.
“The history, the stuff that we had on the walls – the plaques, the awards, the pictures of past commanders, the names of the officers over the years – those are lost,” Kovacs said. “So the memories that are inside are gone.”
No one was hurt in the fire that a passer-by spotted before dawn in the 6,000-person city about 60 miles south of Fort Wayne.
Fire Chief Ron Parrott said the building was engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived.
“I would say within five minutes of being there, fire was coming through the roof,” Parrott said.
Investigators were working to determine the cause.
Herb Myers, the post’s finance officer, said he believes the building was first built as a barn in the 1800s.
“We lost all our history, but the main thing is nobody got hurt,” he said.