LAGRANGE, Ind. — Fire crews used an excavator to move rubble in order to reach the final hot spots of a blaze that destroyed two downtown businesses in a northern Indiana community.

The fire continued to smolder Wednesday in LaGrange, a day after the fire broke out in a row of older buildings across the street from the LaGrange County Courthouse. The roof and front facade collapsed on a Family Dollar store and the roof caved in on a sporting goods retailer.

No injuries were reported and the fire’s cause wasn’t immediately known. A boil-water advisory was issued because firefighters drained much of the water supply in the town about 40 miles east of South Bend.

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