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Firefighters struggle to put out fire due to winter weather, lack of water

Wolcottville, Ind. (WANE) - A large fire broke out in the small town of Wolcottville Saturday. Fire officials report the winter weather and a struggle to get water were slowing down their progress to put out the flames.

Firefighters were called to a structure fire at 103 Main St. at 3:23 p.m at MC Surplus, a three-story building materials store inside a building that was built in the early 1900's.

As of 10:00 p.m. multiple fire crews were still fighting it.

A Johnson Township Fire official said they got the fire contained, but hadn't put it out completely yet because they didn't have enough water and the snowy weather was making things difficult. The snow and slick roads required them to drive cautiously.

Firefighters completely drained the town's water tower, which has 100,000 gallons of water. So, fire department tankers were brought in. They've hauled 40 water tanker loads out of the Johnson Township fire station's well. They also pulled water out of and a Wolcottville creek and Rome City.

A boil water advisory has been issued for the town.

The building has been declared a total loss.

Fire departments on the scene included Orange Township Fire Department, Kendallville Fire Department, Lagrange Volunteer Fire Department, Shipshewana Volunteer Fire Department, Topeka Volunteer Fire Department, Stroh Fire Department, and Howe Volunteer Fire Department.


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