INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – 19 fire crews worked for two and a half hours to put out a fire at a firearms range in Beech Grove Thursday evening.
According to the Indianapolis Fire Department, a customer alerted the manager of Beech Grove Firearms that there was a fire inside the firing range around 4 p.m. The seven employees and 20 customers who were inside the business all evacuated safely.
17 IFD units and two Beech Grove units responded to the scene. More than 45 firefighters worked to get the fire under control around 6:30 p.m.
Owner Greg Burge, a 20-year IMPD veteran, thinks the fire may have started after a customer unknowingly used a “tracer bullet” at the range. However, the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
IFD officials said the regional ATF will also look into the cause of the fire, which is standard protocol for a gun store fire.
Burge said the firing range has 78,000 pounds of shredded tire used for shooting backstop, which caused heavy black soot and smoke.
Damage is estimated at $2 million, according to IFD.