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Evansville funeral home destroyed by fire

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Flames shoot through the roof of the former Miller & Miller Funeral Home Flames shoot through the roof of the former Miller & Miller Funeral Home
Firefighters began fighting the fire in a defensive mode Firefighters began fighting the fire in a defensive mode
Part of the roof collapsed but all firefighters were able to make it out safely Part of the roof collapsed but all firefighters were able to make it out safely

A former Evansville funeral home was destroyed by a massive fire late Saturday night. Investigators say it could be up to a week before they can determine what caused the fire.

The Evansville Fire Department was dispatched to the blaze at the former Miller & Miller Funeral Home on East Franklin Street near Heidelbach at 10:22 p.m.

Investigators said the vacant building was fully engulfed when the first units arrived on scene at 10:25 p.m.

The fire grew so intense that firefighters were ordered out of the building where they began attacking the fire in a defensive mode.

"The firefighters that were here did a heck of a job. We initiated an interior attack, the guys went in they fought the fire for as long as I felt comfortable leaving them inside the building, then we pulled them out and went defensive," said Mike Dickinson, acting District Chief.

Part of the roof collapsed but all firefighters were able to make it out safely.

Several apartments behind the building were briefly evacuated just in case the fire spread beyond the building.

Vectren cut off power to the surrounding area.

Fire crews said they had to request that the city's water department increase water pressure in the area because low pressure was causing some issues fighting the fire. 

The blaze caused thick smoke to stretch across parts of the Lloyd Expressway and into downtown Evansville.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Fire investigators have not yet been able to determine what caused the fire.

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