Officials investigate fire at The Pressbox Monday morning By: David Lias
Plain Talk A Vermillion downtown business was severely damaged by fire early Monday morning. The Vermilliion Fire Department was called to The Pressbox, 9 W. National Street, after a citizen noticed it was on fire. â�?�?The fire was reported at 3:46 a.m.,â�? said Vermillion Police Chief Art Mabry. Mabry was serving as spokesman to media inquiring about the blaze. Vermillion Fire Chief Doug Brunick was still at the scene early Monday afternoon, and was unavailable for comment. Mabry said he didnâ�?�?t know how much damage, economically speaking, the fire caused to the tavern. â�?�?I just know that the damage is significant, and of course youâ�?�?ve got a combination of fire and water damage,â�? he said. Mabry said he didnâ�?�?t know where the fire may have started in the building. â�?�?Thatâ�?�?s still under investigation,â�? he said. â�?�?The fire marshal is here and the police department is assisting the fire marshal and the fire department in the investigation.â�? The police chief praised the local volunteer firefighters for their quick response. â�?�?I donâ�?�?t know how long it took them to bring the fire under control, but I know they were on the scene in about 10 minutes,â�? he said. â�?�?The first police officer got on the scene about two minutes after it was called in. The fire department arrived quickly, for it being the middle of the night like that.â�? There were no occupants in the building at the time the fire broke out. â�?�?Nobody was hurt,â�? Mabry said, â�?�?and basically the investigation is continuing at this point.â�? Several homes and the new city hall, which is currently under construction, are in the vicinity of The Pressbox. The surrounding properties, however, werenâ�?�?t harmed by the fire.