UPDATE: As of Tuesday morning, Bicknell Fire Chief Tom Houghland said the cause of the fire is still unknown and the Indiana State Fire Marshall is still investigating the incident.
By Sabrina Westfall
Bicknell Fire Chief Tom Houghland said extensive damage from a fire may mean a downtown building will need to be demolished.
The Bicknell Fire Department was dispatched to 209 N Main St. at 11:59 p.m. Sunday to a building with smoke coming out of it.
The fire was actually next door in the 205 and 207 N Main Street buildings, and Houghland said once they arrived the building was fully engulfed in smoke.
“We tried to make an interior attack, got to the top of the stairway and the floor was burnt through. We had to back out and went on a defensive attack, and did everything from outside, and was able to keep it into that one building and keep anyone from getting hurt. That was the main thing,” Houghland said.
He added it was not until 4 a.m. that they had the fire under control.
The fire damaged the Bicknell Senior Center and the empty apartment building. Larry Knight’s insurance next door suffered damage but the fire did not reach the office building.
The damage is extensive. The whole building will have to be demolished. We kept the fire out of the insurance office, but tremendous water, smoke and heat damage in there also.
The Indiana State Fire Marshal was on scene Monday into the afternoon surveying the damage.
Houghland said the fire does not seem to be suspicious.
“I dont think so, but we have to get everything ruled out,” Houghland said.
The Bicknell Township Fire Department was assisted by Vigo Township, Washington Township, Vincennes Township and Vincennes City fire departments.