Historic New Albany building catches fire, burns to the ground

Crews fought the flames for hours, from Saturday night into Sunday morning

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a historic building in New Albany to go up in flames.

The fire happened on Silver Street and Main Street at the historic Moser Leather Co. building on Saturday night. Crews battled the fire for hours, from Saturday night into Sunday morning.

According to a post on the New Albany Fire Department Facebook page, the call came in around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The New Albany Fire Department said crews arrived within two minutes of being dispatched to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the vacant building.

Multiple companies responded to the fire, including off duty New Albany firefighters and Jeffersonville Fire.

Al Goodman knows a lot about the building. He said he was an environmental consultant for Moser Leather for 18 years and bought the building 2002. He sold it to the city in 2016.

“I heard about the fire. Just invested so much time and effort and studied the building and learned about it. The first two-thirds of the building was built in 1905,” Goodman said.

The fire was contained to the original building, and no injuries were reported.

This is the third time in the past year that the building has been on fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The investigation is ongoing.

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