DEMOLITION: Structure razed after September 2017 fire

Staff Writer

Workers could be seen Friday morning tearing down a landmark Columbia City structure, located at the northwest corner of Line and Jackson streets.

Workers were pulling apart the south side of the structure and hauling the pieces to a large dump truck.

The large structure most recently was the home of Grable & Associates Realty. It formerly housed the Columbia City Area Chamber of Commerce and before that served as a personal residence.

At approximately 2:10 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2017, owners received a call from authorities alerting them the structure had caught fire.
According to the Indiana State Fire Marshal, the fire started in the stairwell with knob-and-tube wiring, an early standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings.

The fire resulted in significant damage to the structure, but luckily records and other important information were saved.

Owners Angela Grable and Jeremy Patton soon after announced they would be joining their realty business with Re/Max Integrity.

Their office has since relocated to the Linvill Center on East Van Buren Street in Columbia City.