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A large fire broke out Wednesday (Oct. 1) in Wakarusa, Ind., destroying Livin’ Lite RVs Inc., which had recently moved into the facility, and damaging manufactured housing builder Hart Housing.
According to WNDU, South Bend, Livin’ Lite owner Scott Tuttle reported that he just completed a lot of work on the interior of the building before moving his materials inside. His company makes lightweight folding camping trailers, truck campers and motorcycle campers.
Just as many workers were wrapping up their day, the fire broke out in Wakarusa’s old farmer’s market, home to Livin’ Lite and Hart Housing.
At one point, nearly 50 volunteer firefighters from five departments were on the scene. “It took us longer because it got up in the attic and worked towards the north,” said Wakarusa Fire Chief Brian Maurer. Maurer says it took about an hour and fifteen minutes to put out the fire.
Tuttle says he’s devastated by his loss, but glad everyone’s OK. Right now, he’s grateful he has insurance.
Firefighters say no one was injured in the fired and the exact cause is still under investigation.
Tuttle said Livin’ Lite will have to move operations to another location, at least temporarily, because he has orders to fill.
Officials with Hart Housing say they have offices down the road they can use. They also managed to salvage a number of their computers, before the fire spread.