Warehouse Fire Site Cannot Be Redeveloped (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose (21 Alive)

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 6:02 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21 Alive) -- Fort Wayne police are arresting anyone caught on the private properties where those warehouses burned for hours earlier this week.

And now we're learning more about whether the site is environmentally contaminated.

The city's redevelopment director says he doesn't know of any underground storage tanks at the site of the warehouse fire.

In the late 1800s, the site housed the Wayne Oil Tank and Pump Company, which produced oil and grease dispensers, lifts and car washers.

In the early 1900s, the business developed computers that are still used in today's gas pumps.

The three affected property owners met with leaders of neighborhood code enforcement and the redevelopment commission, as well as the police and fire departments.

They asked police to arrest all trespassers who try to steal scrap metal.

And they were given a lenient time frame to clear the site.

“Fire is always traumatic, it's stressful, it's emotional. So as long as we continue to see significant progress with the removal of the debris, we will continue to work with the property owners. Do I have a set time frame? No,” says Cindy Joyner, Neighborhood Code Enforcement Director.

“There are severe limitations on what can be done on the site when it comes to building new structures,” says Fort Wayne Redevelopment Director Greg Leatherman.

Because the property is in a flood way, it cannot be redeveloped.

It must be used as green space, which could include sports fields or a park.

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