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A major fire in downtown Bluffton on Monday delayed the sentencing of Tyler White, convicted last month by a Wells Circuit Court jury of killing his estranged wife, Amy, a former South Adams High School student, athlete and coach.
It was not clear today when the sentencing will be completed.
According to reports, the proceedings were only about halfway finished when the courthouse was evacuated due to the nearby fire.
White, 29, killed his pregnant wife in late 2009, and is due to receive a sentence of 51 to 85 years in prison.
The fire caused the evacuation of the courthouse and other buildings along the block of historic buildings. Power was cut to the courthouse and other buildings.
Three buildings in the 100 block of Market St. in downtown Bluffton were damaged in the fire, which began around 9 a.m. The Hideaway Lounge where the fire began, was destroyed.
Bluffton Mayor Ted Ellis said later that crews would would be working through the night to demolish the south half of the Hideaway building. Power was still out in a two-block area between Main and Marion streets last night but was expected to be restored by early today.
Several area fire departments helped in the firefight, including Decatur, Preble, Monroe and Ossian.
Decatur sent eight men with a pumper and the aerial platform truck, which can extend its ladder more than 100 feet upward. The local firefighters were called at 9:06 a.m. and were on the scene until 6:30 last night.