Fire engulfs florist's workshop at Meyer's Castle

2013-07-19T20:45:00Z 2013-07-20T15:45:04Z Fire engulfs florist's workshop at Meyer's CastleSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com

DYER | Firefighters closed much of U.S. 30 between Indianapolis Boulevard and Calumet Avenue on Friday evening but it didn't deter the curious and the concerned drawn to the dense smoke spewing over the historical Meyer's Castle.

The "castle" itself, a popular banquet hall, was untouched by the flames that destroyed a two-story outbuilding used by the hall's florist and also as a maintenance garage.

Flames shot through the building's roof, some only 150 yards from another building used as a wedding tent.

Reports of a fire at the property, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, surfaced about 6:15 p.m.

About 90 minutes later, the second story of the outbuilding collapsed as firefighters worked to contain the blaze.

Firefighters referred questions to Dyer's fire chief, who could not be immediately reached for comment.

No injuries were reported.

Members of a wedding party and guests still were expected, although heavy smoke shifted with the winds.

Shuttle bus driver Leo Brown said guests were far from the building.

"They're safe from it," he said.

Brown said he was waiting on arrivals when he saw the smoke.

Elliott Small was a separate arrival from the wedding guests. He and his fiancee had an appointment with their wedding coordinator, he said.

Small said he was on U.S. 30 heading from Chicago toward Meyer's Castle when he saw smoke. He stopped to tell a police officer he had to get to the castle, he said.

"He said, 'That's what's burning,'" Small said.

Small appeared relieved when he saw the grounds and the banquet hall untouched.

The cause of the fire and estimated damage amount could not be immediately determined.

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