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A chassis preparation facility burned to the ground Monday at Pilgrim International’s manufacturing complex in Middlebury, Ind.
According to a report in the Elkhart Truth, there were no employees in the facility when the fire broke out and no one was injured.
The assembly process, involving the addition of axles, tires and frames to chassis, will be moved to another building.
“We own another building out back. We’ll just move in there,” said Pilgrim owner Dave Hoefer. “Nobody was hurt. We can deal with this (loss of the building).”
Hoefer said an electrical problem may have started the fire.
The blaze spewed out black smoke from the building, visible from three to four miles away, caused by the holding tanks and tires, according to Hoefer.
Fire departments from four adjoining cities in Elkhart County assisted the Middlebury Fire Department in battling the fire and hauling water to the scene.
A steady stream of fire department tank trucks shuttled between the fire and a roadside lake just east of the fire, keeping a steady source of water available at the scene for trucks to pump into the blazing building.