No Cause Yet for Large Southern Indiana Blaze

NORTH VERNON, Ind. (AP) – Investigators haven't yet figured out what caused a fire that swept through a row of century-old business buildings in a southern Indiana city.

The state fire marshal's office and the North Vernon Fire Department have been investigating Friday's blaze that gutted several downtown buildings, two of which collapsed.

The Seymour Tribune reports ( ) a fire marshal's spokesman says it's uncertain how long the investigation will take.

Flames engulfed a carpet store building that also had apartments. Other business destroyed included a law office and a beauty salon. Officials say about 20 apartment residents were displaced in the city about 60 miles south of Indianapolis.

No residents were hurt, but officials say five firefighters suffered minor injuries. Mayor Harold “Soup'' Campbell says the damaged buildings were more than 100 years old.