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  • Massive Downtown Fire Frankfort IN Started in a Grooming Shop

    FRANKFORT, Ind. (WTHR) — It's been nearly two months since a massive fire damaged several buildings in downtown Frankfort. There's concern the buildings could collapse.

    That's why city officials are keeping Washington Street closed between Main and Columbia streets, impacting five businesses along that block.

    They're worried that someone could get hurt if a building starts to fall, and working with insurance companies to get the damaged buildings torn down

    "It was just really kind of scary watching that all happen because it just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger," Mike Kelley, said on the day of the fire.

    Investigators say it started at T&R Pet and Grooming store on the corner and then spread to the Frankfort Sports Club, which is next door. No one was at the pet grooming store, but they had to get people out of the sports club and apartments upstairs.

    Firefighters still don't know what caused the fire.

    Crews arrived to find fire coming from the roof. They also had to deal with the wind and cold.

    "You have to worry about where you're walking, so you have to be careful there," said Frankfort Fire Chief John Kirby. "Guys going in the fire, out of the fire, when they come out, their gear freezing up on them. You get wet gloves, so now you have wet, frozen hands."...............
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