Firefighters still on scene of historic building fire in Sheridan

SHERIDAN, Ind. (WISH) – Nearly 24 hours later, firefighters still haven’t been able to get into a historic building that caught on fire in downtown Sheridan to determine what caused the massive fire.

Firefighters were still on scene at the building on Sunday afternoon following the large fire that broke out around 6:30 p.m. at Main Street PowerMail on Main Street.

According to Sheridan Fire Department Captain Travis Stern, a total of nine agencies helped to get the fire under control. 

Firefighters are still working to keep the hot spots down and to secure the scene so the public doesn’t get too close to it.

Stern said firefighters haven’t been able to get in building yet to even try to determine what caused the fire.

Stern said SR 38, which runs through downtown Sheridan, is still closed to traffic as of Sunday. The road will be closed until firefighters can demolish the building and deem the area safe.

Around 17 properties in that area don’t have power.

On Monday, Stern said officials are meeting with insurance companies and other city officials to figure out when to demolish the building.

The two Sheridan Police Department officers who escaped the fire after checking for people inside the building are doing fine, according to Stern.

Stern also told 24-Hour News 8 that firefighters were appreciative of the Sheridan residents who overwhelmed the firefighters with food and drinks after being on scene for hours.

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