Love’s Travel Stop in Indiana ‘Closed Indefinitely’ After Truck Stop Goes Up in Flames
Gary, IN — A Love’s Travel Stop in Indiana is closed indefinitely after sustaining major damage due to fire on Thursday which completely destroyed the adjacent Denny’s restaurant.
Officials stated the inferno broke out around 10:40 a.m. at the Love’s at 5225 West 26th Avenue in Gary, IN, located at exit 6 of I-80/94.
Flames and billows of smoke rising from the building could be seen for miles as crews battled the blaze.
Due to the fire’s proximity to the truck stop’s fuel pumps, there was a heightened level of concern for safety.
The Gary Police Department (GPD) took to social media shortly after the fire was reported to urge commuters to avoid the area from Grant Street, between the Expressway and 35th Avenue.
“Please keep the area clear for emergency vehicles. Do not come to the area or on to the property to sightsee or take photos!” GPD implored.
Thankfully, no injuries have been reported thus far.
CBS2 Chicago reported GPD called in additional crews from nearby departments to help extinguish the blaze.
Shardaa Gray, a reporter with CBS2 Chicago, posted images to social media, claiming security had told her “no one was inside” the burning building.
Wow! Smoke can be seen from I-80. A Love’s Travel Stop store in Gary, Indiana, which also contains a Denny’s restaurant caught on fire this morning. Flames were shooting through the roof. Security on sight tells me no one was inside. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/sHm9VOpzcH
— Shardaa Gray (@ShardaaGrayTV) February 10, 2022
Investigators have yet to indicate what is believed to have caused the blaze.
Meanwhile, a statement from Love’s issued on Thursday afternoon notified customers the truck stop is “closed indefinitely due to fire damage.”
Love’s 417 in Gary, Indiana, is closed indefinitely due to fire damage it sustained today. We are thankful all team members and customers exited the building safely.
Our teams in surrounding locations are ready to serve customers affected by this closure.
— Love’s Travel Stops (@LovesTravelStop) February 10, 2022
“We are thankful all team members and customers exited the building safely,” Love’s said. “Our teams in surrounding locations are ready to serve customers affected by this closure.”
WATCH more from the scene below.
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