On Feb. 11 2013 Mishawka Fire Department received a call for smoke from large commercial structure behind Mishawka Fire Station 1.
After arriving units declared a working fire and started the attack, a short time later they had to send another alarm to the scene due to the size of the building involved and the high winds.
The fire continued to rage, fueled by several cars, boats, and RVs that were being stored in the building.
Crews battled the fire well into the next day as the winds continued to fan the flames, rekindling hot spots.
The building is a total loss and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Additional help was called in and South Bend Fire sent a ladder and a chief. Clay Fire responded with a ladder and two pumpers and Penn Township sent a squad/rescue pumper and a EMS supervisor. Rehab units from South Bend Fire and St. Joseph County Fire Unit and VEST were at the scene.
Units on scene: Mishawaka Engines 1,2,3,4 Tower 1 Quint 3 Rescue 1, South Bend Quint 3 Chief 103, Clay Fire Territory Truck 41, Engines 42, 44 Penn Township Squad 14, EMS 14 SJCFD VEST Rehab unit, South Bend Unit 511 Rehab.