SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Investigators are not 100 percent sure of the exact cause, but have pinpointed the location where Saturdayâ€™s fire in South Whitleyâ€™s Kent Theatre originated. The building, located at 220 S. State St., served most recently as the meeting place for Turning Point Church.
Dispatchers at Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department received a call at 11:31 a.m. Saturday reporting the building, built in 1947, was on fire.
Fire crews from Cleveland and Washington townships, as well as Columbia City, responded, working around the clock for much of the weekend to contain the fire.
A special weather statement from the National Weather Service:
TODAY AND TONIGHT
A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF FAR NORTHEAST INDIANA - INCLUDING WHITLEY COUNTY â€“ AND NORTHWEST OHIO FOR WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 35
MPH...AND GUSTS TO 40 TO 45 MPH THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.
SNOW MAY CAUSE SOME SLIPPERY DRIVING CONDITIONS... ESPECIALLY
ALONG AND NORTH OF ROUTE 6.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A heavily-used roadway in Whitley County will be closing soon for what is believed to be a 10-week period, according to Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester. â€śThat is the current estimate. Ten weeks is weather permitting, of course,â€ť said Forrester.
A stretch of Business 30 East between United Oil and the Gateway East Industrial Park will be shut down beginning March 5 while the bridge passing over Eel River is reconstructed. Detour signs will be put up next week to warn commuters of the upcoming closure.