Fire Destroys Historic Site In Indiana County
CAYUGA, Ind. (WCCU) —
A fire has destroyed a historic piece of a small Indiana town. Police are now investigating what caused the fire.
The fire happened at the Vermillion County, Indiana fairgrounds Thursday night.
Fire crews got the call just after 8 p.m., but couldn't save the structure. The oldest grandstand in the state of Indiana is now gone.
Built in 1933, the stand was completely made of wood.
Fire crews were able to contain the fire so it didn't spread to rest of the park.
"It's heartbreaking,” Malia Martin, a local resident, said. “I mean, I’ve been here for years coming to this park and going to all the fairs and watching all the derbies up in the grandstands, so I’ve grew up with this park as long as I’ve been alive.”
Many in the community stopped by to see the damage for themselves, remembering the endless memories created there.
"We got Facebook things this morning, a lot of people calling up and say I got my first kiss at grand stands,” Charley Craft, city of Cayuga Park Board, said.
"So it's even a bigger, heartbreaking situation for us to know that something that is huge in this town has been torn down,” Craft said.
The cause of the fire is still unknown as investigators are still assessing the damage.
The Vermilion County Sheriff's Department says they will continue their investigation into how this fire started.