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Fire rips through Portage business office; investigation underway
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Fire rips through Portage business office; investigation underway

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Portage fire

Wednesday fire at 3190 Willowcreek Road in Portage.

PORTAGE — An investigation was to continue Thursday morning into a fire that damaged an office building at 3190 Willowcreek Road, Fire Chief Tim Sosby said.

The fire was reported shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday at the offices of Poe & Associates, an insurance and investment firm, Sosby said.

Firefighters arrived on the scene less than five minutes later and found a heavy blaze underway, he said. The fire was contained to the Poe & Associates office.

The building also houses the offices of the Handlon and Handlon law firm and PrimeLending, both of which suffered heat and smoke damage, Sosby said.

Firefighters from several area departments were activated and were still on scene as of 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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