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Late Night Blaze Destroys Rescue Mission Barn

Approximately 100 firefighters worked to put out a fire on Lucabaugh Mill Road Friday night.

Just before 10 p.m. Friday, the was dispatched to 643 Lucabaugh Mill Road for a large barn fire.

The barn, which belongs to the Westminster Rescue Mission, was engulfed when firefighters arrived, according to a news release. The tanker task force was requested. A second alarm was sounded and a second tanker task force at 10:29 p.m.

According to fire department officials, fire fighting efforts were mostly in the defensive mode to protect exposures from an early roof collapse and the safety of personnel on scene.

The fire was contained with the assistance of approximately 100 firefighters on 42 pieces of apparatus. The fire was under control at 11:45 p.m.

Westminster Fire Department received mutual aide assistance from 12 of the 14 fire departments in Carroll County along with stations from Baltimore County, MD and York County, PA.

Dean Waddell April 07, 2012 at 01:59 PM
We are saddened with the lose of our "Thrift Barn" but are thankful that everyone at the mission is safe. The structure rich with history may be gone but the ministry we do for the community will still continue. We will still be open as a donation drop off center and patrons may continue to shop at our thrift store, The Spare Room, located at 28 W Main St. The Bible tells us to "give thanks in all things" and we are, we are thankful that no one was in the building at the time of the fire. We are thankful that no one was hurt, we are thankful for the emergency personel and the men and women firefighters that responed and contained the blaze. We are thankful to be a part of such a caring community that has supported us in the past and is continuing to do so through this terrible loss. We are thankful to God in knowing that He can take all things and work them to our good even in the midst of tradedy. I personally am encourage because this happened on "Good Friday" and I know that "Sunday's coming!" Just as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter, so shall we one day celebrate what God will bring from this pile of ash and rubble. Pastor Dean Waddell, Director
David Highfield April 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
This clarifies the local newspaper article and thanks to Pastor Dean for his comments. This ministry is a vital one, serving those who seek healing and wholeness with God's help.
Amy Dermott April 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Wow, Dean I am so sorry that this happened, but you are right, Thank God no one was hurt and God will see you and everyone there involved through this time of need. I pray that everyone around the area comes together to help you guys out and to continue the great work that you are doing! God bless you, Dean and keep up the great work you and Beth are doing. -Amy Dermott
Kym Byrnes (Editor) April 08, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Thanks for the update Pastor Waddell. Keep us posted on what we can do to help you build bigger and better :) Happy Easter.

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