LAPORTE | The cause of a LaPorte fire that damaged the longtime maker of high end picture frames sold nationwide remained unknown Monday.
LaPorte Fire Chief Andy Snyder said investigators quickly halted the probe in order to wait and team up with the insurance company on the investigation.
Firefighters just after 3 a.m. Saturday arrived to find flames shooting out the roof of Thanhardt-Burger Corp. at 1308 Lake St.
Snyder said the manufacturing portion of the company was housed in the 20,000-square foot single-story structure.
Snyder said about 50 percent of the structure where the assembly area existed was destroyed.
He said flames did not advance to an office area or where fine artwork was kept in stock.
The company, founded 85 years ago, makes top quality hand-crafted picture frames for customers across the country and operates a showroom that makes available fine paintings and sculptures obtained from Europe, South America and other parts of the world.