Fire ruled undetermined, Living Room Center is open for business

BEDFORD – The Living Room Center is open for business after Bedford Fire Department firefighters battled a large fire at the business’s warehouse on Monday, March 5th.

According to owner Bruce Sturgeon, business is strong.

“We had no damage, not even smoke damage to the showroom,” he added. “We have had numerous semi-loads of furniture delivered after the fire.”

The business is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The fire in the Living Room Center Warehouse was reported at 4:09 p.m.

Bedford Fire Department firefighters arrived on the scene at 4:12 p.m.

Bedford Street Department placed barricades on 5th Street at Indiana State Road 37 and Belback Road, 5th Street at X Street, and Belback Road was closed at John Williams Boulevard due to the heavy smoke in the area.

The fire and smoke were massive. Firefighters from all three Bedford Fire Department stations responded to the scene. Motorists reported the smoke was so thick they could only see about 10 feet in front of their vehicles.

The Living Room Center warehouse was engulfed in flames and firefighters worked diligently to contain the blaze and protect surrounding buildings, including the Living Room Center’s showroom building.

At 5:30 p.m. police reported firefighters had contained the blaze to the Livingroom Center warehouse. Firefighters used the ladder truck to spray water on the Guthrie Creek Butchery building to prevent it from being consumed by the flames.

“There was some exterior damage at Guthrie Creek Butchery and smoke damage inside,” Chief Hughes said. “The Living Room Center warehouse was destroyed.”

Guthrie Creek Butchery remains closed according to a Facebook post.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 11:45 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.