Fire destroyed a welding shop at a farm north of Nappanee, IN, Monday.
The fire swept through the building housing Marway Welding, 27097 C.R. 50, leaving the interior a smoldering hole of charred wood and ruined equipment.
Nappanee firefighters got the call at 9:30 a.m. Monday, and brought the fire under control in about 45 minutes, said Nappanee Fire Chief Don Lehman.
Firefighters stayed at the scene extinguishing hot spots. There were no injuries in the incident.
“Nobody was hurt. That’s the good part,” said Ernest Martin, Marway’s owner.
Martin believes the fire started when a welding spark ignited a flammable substance. Chief Lehman said firefighters were initially told there was a hydraulic spill in the shop earlier in the day. Martin was unsure if the spill contributed to the fire, saying he believed the fluid was contained and inert.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Martin hopes to rebuild the welding shop, which provides services for repairing farming equipment.