Historic building total loss after Sheridan fire

State fire marshal investigating fire

SHERIDAN, Ind. - The State Fire Marshal was in Hamilton County on Sunday to investigate a fire that consumed a building in Sheridan.

The two-alarm fire started around 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Main Street PowerMAIL building in downtown Sheridan.

Despite using most of the town's water supply fighting the fire, the building was eventually deemed a complete loss.

"It's the tallest building in town," one resident told us. "The architecture was beautiful."

Click here to see a gallery of images from the fire.

Terry Campbell said he's lived in Sheridan for decades. He knows the background of the 112-year-old building well. It started as the former Golden Rule General Merchandise Building.

"It used to be a clothing store named Weavers, and they finally went out of business," Campbell said. "Then a furniture store came in."

Most recently, the building was occupied by Main Street PowerMAIL.

Crews from at least nine different departments tried to preserve the building, but the flames spread too fast.

"The ball of flames just kept rolling next to the window," said one witness.

More than 14 hours after the fire started, crews were still working to put out hot spots.

"It took one big effort to be able to get this fire under control and contained," said Sheridan Fire Department Captain Travis Stern.

The community pitched in too, with café owners opening their businesses to serve coffee, biscuits and gravy to the firefighters.

"It's just an outpouring, an outreach of support they give to our community," said Karen Hammack, owner of the Daily Grind Coffee Shop and Bakery. "We would like to give something back."

According to the fire department, two families who lived on the third floor of the building are staying at the community center in town.

The fire also caused minor damage to a couple of nearby businesses and knocked out power in the area.

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