EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) – The Evansville Fire Department Division Chief Mike Larson tells Eyewitness News the department is investigating a west side business fire, but no longer as arson.
Larson says the fire investigator did not file an arson report with Evansville Police.
Crews responded to a working structure fire at Bee Hive Mini Storage in the 500 block of S Tekopel Ave Monday night. The fire was called in just before 7 p.m.
Evansville firefighters say the fire started in the back corner of the facility. The fire caused damage to one building with 30 units. No injuries were reported.
Robert Bauer was able to get a dune buggy and a classic car out of a storage unit.
“The whole building was engulfed,” Baur said. “We tried to give them the keys, and they said it was burned up. So, I came running around and went by all the firemen and ran in there and got inside and pushed the car out and got it out of the way, and I had a dune buggie in there too and went and pushed it out too and we saved it.”
Bauer says he’s had the car since 1974, and it was in storage while he works on another classic car at his home.
The majority of the units sustained at a minimum smoke damage and several units along with contents were a complete loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
(This story was originally published on April 26, 2021)