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  • Update:Fire at Monroe Salvation Army warehouse

    Fire at Monroe Salvation Army warehouse

    Wednesday, February 13 2013 7:27 PM EST2013-02-14 00:27:05 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - KNOE 8 News crews are at the scene of a fire at the Salvation Army warehouse in Monroe. Reports indicate two units were dispatched to the warehouse on Hart Street just after
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Officials tell KNOE 8 News a fire at the Salvation Army warehouse in Monroe was caused by a halogen light.

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Salvation Army donations warehouse in Monroe caught fire Wednesday afternoon, ruining all of their donations.

"I got a phone call saying the warehouse was on fire," said Salvation Army Lt. Jerry Williams who rushed to the warehouse around 1:30 p.m., praying everyone in the building was safe. The Monroe fire department was able to put the fire out in a matter of minutes, luckily no-one was hurt.  "Little bit of a tough day, when you have a fire like this you're whole day goes out of whack," said Williams.

With all of the clothes and furniture in the building, investigator David Hill says the damage could have been much worse. He has concluded the fire was an accidental electrical fire, started by a halogen light.  "The light was disintegrated with the fire, so its very hard for us to make a determination of exactly what happened," said Hill.

Although the fire was put out quickly, everything inside the building is a total loss because of smoke damage. Salvation Army leader Jerry Williams says the losses will hit the organization hard because the donations, sold in their store, help fund their operations.

"Pretty much everything smells like smoke now and nobody wants to buy anything that smells like smoke." Despite the setback, Williams says they won't skip a beat trying to replace what has been lost.

Their next step is to find a temporary space to store donations. "Little fires like this, little speed bumps in the road, God is good and he will take care of us to take care of everything in the community," said Williams.

The Salvation Army is in desperate need of household items, clothes and furniture. If you want to donate, call 325-1755 or check out their Facebook page for continued updates.

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