CHICAGO (CBS) — A reception hall in Chesterton, Indiana, was destroyed in an extra-alarm blaze early Monday morning.
Chesterton firefighters responded to the fire at the Allure on the Lake Banquet Hall around 2:45 a.m., after police officers spotted flames coming from the roof.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Record Warmth Possible Next 2 Days
Fire Chief John Jarka said crews spent about three hours battling the flames.
Fire officials were able to stop the fire before it spread into neighboring buildings.
The reception hall area of the Allure on the Lake was a total loss, according to Jarka, and would have to be torn down. The banquet center also has a hotel, which was evacuated during the blaze, but was not damaged in the fire.READ MORE: Illinois Department Of Employment Security Admits To Monthlong Callback Wait Times; State Rep. Says Methods Must Change
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Many people shared memorable moments at the banquet hall, including Sharon Wozniak who celebrated her daughter’s wedding at the venue.
“It’s devastating, the roof’s gone, just blackened,” Wozniak said. “This is nothing compared to what is was before. It was a gorgeous venue.”MORE NEWS: The United Center COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site: An Inside Look
The owner was at the scene collecting items, but did not comment on the incident.