Man dies in northeast Indiana warehouse explosion, fire

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. — One man died in a warehouse explosion in northeastern Indiana on Saturday, State Police said.

The explosion occurred around 9 a.m. in Columbia City, 19 miles (31 kilometers) west of Fort Wayne, police said.

First responders found the building fully engulfed in flames, preventing the rescue of a man trapped inside, police said. His body was recovered around 2:30 p.m. after the fire was extinguished.

The cause of the explosion and fire was believed to be related to a natural gas leak, police said. The State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate to determine the cause and manner of the explosion.

Businesses and homes adjacent to the warehouse had significant damage, police said.

The man killed in the explosion will be identified by the Whitley County coroner, they said.