EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — The Evansville Fire Department has provided new details on a massive fire that erupted at the Morton Warehouse early Monday morning.

EFD Division Chief Mike Larson says three businesses outside the warehouse were affected by the blaze. Despite the fire being under control, officials tell us the the area is still an active fire scene. Indiana State Fire Marshals and ATF are in Evansville to investigate the fire. Chief Larson expects fire crews will be able to get inside the area to further investigate on Wednesday.

“As I approached the living room door, coming out of the house, it was an immense orange glow. It looked like a huge sunrise,” said Jacob Corbitt, who lives across the street from the fire scene. But it wasn’t a sunrise he saw out the window. it was something much worse.

“I got up and as I approached my front door, it was ablaze. It was horrific,” he said. “As far as debris, there was debris coming over to our side, to the point where I had to move my vehicle away from the fence line here.”

Evansville firefighters say they got calls of smoke in the area just before five in the morning. Division Chief Larson says the size of the fire and buildings it engulfed made them take a more defensive position while putting flames out. He also says he wasn’t sure how many buildings were destroyed, or what was inside them, but at least some were used for storage. The wind and dry conditions were a major obstacle.

“With embers and stuff blowing around, that was a major concern. We were able to stop those,” he said Monday morning. “It’s very dry. The wind wasn’t helping at all. We were getting some spot fires. We had trucks roaming around in the area, in the direction of the wind, looking for those hot spots.”

Larson also says there was so much smoke, some residents called 911 reporting it, thinking the fire was closer to their home. Smoke could be seen as far as Henderson County and other nearby areas. No injuries were reported. It took crews about four hours to contain the fire and keep it from getting worse.

“We had a lot of concerns for buildings close to the Lloyd Expressway. We were able to stop that spread from several of those businesses. Unfortunately, I think we did lose one of them, but our guys did a really good job keeping it off of those buildings, so it looks really bad, but there is a little bit of good that has come out of this,” Larson said.

Police continue to urge people to have patience with first responders and respect road closures. Additionally, the Evansville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in getting surveillance video around the area of the fire.

EPD requests people to please e-mail video footage to Sgt. Hunt with the EPD Adult Investigations Unit at whunt@evansvillepolice.com.

Courtesy: Evansville Police Department

The Evansville EMA announced the following road closures:

  • Lloyd Expressway – Officials say this has since reopened.
  • E Franklin St from N Morton Ave to N Kentucky Ave
  • N Morton Ave from E Franklin St to Division St
  • Division St from N Morton Ave to N Kentucky Ave
  • N Kentucky Ave from Division to E Franklin Ave

This is a developing story and we will keep you updated.

(This story was originally published on October 17, 2022)