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Former piano factory burns down in Muncie

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 8:36 am

MUNCIE — An old warehouse that was the site of a former piano factory has burned down in Muncie.

Firefighters said the three-story brick building had a wood frame and burned out of control once the massive blaze started early Saturday morning. Smoke from the fire was visible for miles.

Deputy Fire Chief Bret Granger says the warehouse was previously a piano factory.

The Star Press reports that in recent years the building has been used by a pallet and skid manufacturer and as a chemical distributor.

A neighbor says he heard explosions inside the building. Firefighters monitored a nearby trailer they say contained oil products.

Property tax records identify the owner as Fochtman Brothers LLC, Berlin, Pennsylvania. A phone number in the company's name was disconnected.