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CFD: In holding pattern in Allure fire

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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.

No active investigation has begun, Deputy Fire Chief Nate Williams told the Chesterton Tribune today, and no efforts to recover possible evidence have been made.

A third-party 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.




Posted 6/10/2019




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