As of this morning,
the scene of the fire at Allure on the Lake remained just as Chesterton
firefighters left it on the morning of Monday, June 3.
investigation has begun, Deputy Fire Chief Nate Williams told the
Chesterton Tribune today, and no efforts to recover possible evidence
have been made.
investigator retained by Allure’s insurance company did take photographs of
the scene on Thursday, Williams said, and then forwarded those photos to the
insurance company. But whether the insurance company intends to investigate
any further than that is unknown at this time.
“We’re in a holding
pattern right now,” Williams said. “We’re not going to go digging around the
scene without authorization from the insurance company.”
The CFD has
determined that an event of some sort was held at The Allure on the evening
of Sunday, June 2, and that the fire apparently started sometime after the
manager closed the facility for the night, between 11:30 p.m. and 12 a.m.,
and before a Chesterton Police officer on building patrol observed smoke,
around 2:45 a.m.
The CFD itself has
not attached a dollar figure to the damage--other than calling The Allure a
“total loss”--but Williams has told the Tribune that the owner, Troy
Clark, put it in excess of $1 million.