Took Nearly Five Hours To The Control Blaze

$1 Million In Fire Damage To Christian Camp In Milford

By Valerie Caviglia

Credit: www.campmack.org

$1 Million In Fire Damage To Christian Camp In Milford

July 11, 2010 Updated Jul 11, 2010 at 2:27 PM EDT

MILFORD, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It took nearly five hours and nine fire departments to control a blaze in the main offices of Camp Alexander Mack in Kosciusko County Sunday morning.

According to fire chief Brian Haines with the Milford Fire Department, a call came in around 4 a.m. indicating a fire was in progress in Becker Lodge, the three story building that houses the camp's offices, main dining hall and sleeping quarters.

When responders arrived, visible flames were seen billowing from the roof of the building.

An unidentified man was trapped on the third floor, where resident sleeping quarters are located. Officials called the man on his cell phone and talked him to a window where the man was successfully rescued by ladder. He suffered from some smoke inhalation, but no life threatening injuries.

Roughly eight other young adults were evacuated from the building prior to the man's rescue.

The blaze took almost five hours to control, and fire departments were still working on dousing hot spots around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Nine fire departments and 120 firefighters have been on scene working on this blaze since the early morning hours.

The building is described as a total loss. Early estimates of damages to the facility total around $1 million.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Camp Alexander Mack is a Christian Camp, conference and retreat center located on the eastern shore of Lake Waubee in Northern Indiana.

The facility is a ministry of the Indiana Camp Board and affiliated with the Northern Indiana and South Central Districts of the Church of the Brethren.

Updates will be provided as coverage continues on this incident.

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