LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — One person is in the hospital after a fire at a Lafayette business Monday morning, and the cause is still under investigation.
It happened about 10:15 a.m. on Coleman Court behind the Eastside 10 IMAX.
"It was pretty terrifying to see something like that happen," said Tonya Juarez, an employee at a nearby business.
Juarez said she was sitting at her desk when she saw an explosion outside her office window.
"I saw the flash of light and heard the explosion and just saw the whole roof, it almost looked like it was up off of the building with flames shooting out," said Juarez.
That explosion was at the Indy Scale building.
"There are reports of compressed gases, acetylene, oxygen, that type in there," said Lafayette Fire Assistant Chief Brian Alkire. "So, that could be part of it."
Crews were able to get the fire out, but the damage was done.
Alkire said an employee was in the building when it caught fire.
"That person was able to get themselves out," Alkire explained. "He was walking and talking."
However, he was taken to an Indianapolis hospital with severe burns.
Juarez said she was shaken up, but is thinking of those who are effected.
"Just hoping that everybody is okay," Juarez said.
Alkire said it could be a few days or weeks until they figure out what started the fire.