Four businesses destroyed in Brazil fire, cause still unknown

WTHI Photo / Brittany Earl
WTHI Photo / Brittany Earl

BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) – Four businesses were destroyed after a fire in Brazil last Saturday.

The Van Buren Fire Chief, Tom Haring, and the Lewis Township Fire Chief, Bryan Husband, are at the scene Monday continuing their investigation into the cause of the fire.

Officials report the first call came in just after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

They believe the fire could have started in the back of Pell Roofing & Siding Co. and then spread to Highway 40 Furniture. Four businesses were connected by one roof which allowed the fire to spread and destroy all four.

Fire officials were at the scene for more than 10 hours on Saturday making sure there were no hot spots. US 40 was also shut down for around eight hours.

Multiple videos and phone calls were taken in the News 10 Newsroom on Saturday about loud booms or ‘explosions’ during the fire. Officials believe this was caused by materials and chemicals in the Pell Roofing building.

This fire is still under investigation and officials believe it will take a while before a cause is determined. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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