An overnight fire destroyed a faith-based men’s addiction recovery center in Madisonville, according to social media posts from the organization.
According to Linda McKenzie, a volunteer with the nonprofit House of Hope, a large fire affected significant parts of the building early Saturday morning, shortly before 1 a.m. The facility’s temporary residents were forced to evacuate, she stated, but no injuries were reported.
A GoFundMe campaign states the facility was destroyed. McKenzie clarified via text message that the building’s chapel, kitchen, laundry room, coolers, storage area, classroom and parts of the dormitories were destroyed. The organization’s Facebook account listed needed supplies as twin-sized mattresses, bedding, men’s clothing and hygiene products.
Anyone who would like to donate may take items to the First Baptist Church on Elm Street in Madisonville before 5 p.m. each day this week. Donations may also be made at what remains of the facility on 901 W Trinity St. in Madisonville.
First responders were not available for more information about the blaze, its cause or the duration. According to McKenzie, Madisonville, Midway and North Zulch volunteer fire departments worked the scene of the blaze.
For more information, call the House of Hope at 936-245-2896.