Fire Destroys Syracuse Barn

SYRACUSE – A fire in Syracuse Thursday remains under investigation.

The Turkey Creek Fire Territory responded to a report of a barn fire with power tools inside at 13425 N. Hillside Drive, Syracuse, according to a news release from Turkey Creek Fire Territory Chief Mickey Scott.

There were no occupants, vehicles or animals inside of the structure.

Upon the arrival of the first fire department personnel, flames were visible throughout the 24-foot-by-26-foot storage structure.

The structure fire was brought under control at 4:32 p.m. Damage from the fire was contained to the storage building. Damages were estimated at up to $70,000.

Fire crews cleared the scene at 6:02 p.m., according to the news release.

The Benton Township Fire Department provided additional manpower and tankers. Twenty firefighters from the Turkey Creek Fire Territory and the Benton Township Fire Department fought the structure fire and shuttled water to the scene. The Tippecanoe Township Fire Territory provided standby for any additional fire and EMS emergencies in Turkey Creek Township while crews battled the fire.

The property owners are Joseph and Judy French.

The structure and contents are considered a total loss as a result of the structure fire with damages estimated at up to $70,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.