Local business owners looking at an uncertain future after fire destroyed one of their locations north of Fort Wayne Wednesday night.
Firefighters were called to Custom Quality Meats on Carroll Road just after 9:15 p.m.
When crews arrived on scene, heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the roof. People in a nearby neighborhood called 911 after they heard an explosion, according to owner Sandy Seyfert.
Crews used ladder trucks to spray water on the fire from the outside. Firefighters also used water lines on the ground to spray the intense flames.
Fire officials say it took them more than two hours to get the blaze officially under control, but flames continued well into the early morning hours of Thursday.
Crews stayed at the scene late into the morning keeping an eye on the building and spraying it down to make sure flames didn’t flare back up. Smoke continued to rise from the back side of the building for more than 12 hours.
Fire crews were waiting for an excavation crew to come lift pieces of the building up to spray water on hot spots they weren’t able to access.
No one was inside the business at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
Sandy Seyfert is one of the owners for the business. She and her husband have owned the New Haven location since 1991. They opened the Carroll Road location nine years ago.
Seyfert said this is a huge loss as they head into a busy season for their customers.
“Just be patient with us. We don’t know how all of this is going to unfold,” Seyfert said. “We’ll try to reach out to you guys in any way we can. Just be patient with us as we try to work our way through this.”
Seyfert said they will be relying on their New Haven location to pick up some slack, but the future of their operations is uncertain right now. .