Gibson County Elks Lodge Mostly Destroyed by Fire

PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) – Fire has destroyed much of an Elks Lodge building in southwestern Indiana.

Fire crews were called early Thursday to the lodge in downtown Princeton, arriving to spot flames shooting 20 feet into the air.

Princeton Fire Chief Mike Pflug tells WFIE-TV ( ) that low temperatures caused trouble for firefighters as water was freezing beneath their feet. A salt truck was called in to spread salt and melt the ice.

Officials say the lodge’s banquet hall and kitchen were destroyed, along with heavy smoke and water damage to rest of the building in the city about 25 miles north of Evansville.

Officials say a firefighter suffered a minor injury when part of the roof collapsed, but he wasn’t taken to a hospital.