[Photo Karl Berner/Region News Team]
Investigators continue to try to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a century-old building that housed a number of businesses at Lincolnway and Michigan in downtown Valparaiso. The Valparaiso Fire Department got the call around 1:30 am Monday, and they were assisted by crews from Morgan and Washington Townships. Assistant Fire Chief Dan Lamb says one firefighter was checked at the hospital for smoke inhalation and he was released. Another firefighter fell on the ice, and he was okay as well, and went right back to work. No one is believed to have been inside when the fire broke out. Smoke continued to pour out of the rubble for hours, and what was left of the two-story brick structure -- the outside walls -- were torn down Monday for safety reasons. A number of downtown road closures associated with the fire were expected to remain in effect through this morning (Tuesday morning).