VALPARAISO | Firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze that broke out early Friday night at a large Victorian-style building at the corner of Jefferson and Lafayette streets.
The fire appears to have started on an upper level of the building at 60 W. Jefferson St., which was home to the Needles & Thread business, according to Valparaiso police Sgt. Michael Grennes.
The fire is at least the third to strike a commercial building in the city during the last five months, on the heels of blazes June 25 at a strip mall on Calumet Avenue and March 4 at a century-old building at 204 Lincolnway.
Friday's blaze was called in at 5:09 p.m. and firefighters assisted a person out of the upper levels of the building, Grennes said.
Firefighters were still pouring water on the structure hours later and were succeeding in keeping the blaze from spreading to neighboring buildings, he said. No was injured.
Firefighters from Washington Township assisted with the fire, and the American Red Cross was on the scene. The fire also attracted a crowd of onlookers.
Officials closed Jefferson Street, east from Napoleon Street, and Lafayette Street, north from Lincolnway, as the fire was brought under control.