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Blaze engulfs chapel

Firefighters and emergency responders were called to the site of a structure fire Saturday, Feb. 20 near Peebles.

According to Peebles Fire Chief Mike Estep, Station 15 from Peebles, and Station 20 from Franklin Township, arrived on the scene at approximately 5:30 p.m.

“It was a fully involved structure fire when we arrived,” said Estep.

The building, a non-denominational chapel called the Spirit House at the Hope Springs Institute on Mineral Springs Road, was completely destroyed by the blaze.

“It was a spiritual place and we are grieving the loss. There was also a beautiful art installation in the building that was lost,” said Hope Springs Board member, Jill McBride, “We’re in the process of assessing and determining what our next steps will be.”

“The building did have an alarm system, but apparently it failed, because dispatch received the call,” said Estep.

Authorities say the fire began inside the structure, but do not suspect foul play. “The cause of the blaze is still being investigated by the state Fire Marshall’s office,” said Estep.

According to their website Hope Springs is a Not for Profit Retreat Center that provides intentional space for mindful, creative and healthy private group retreats. Hope Springs also sponsors profoundly transformational workshops on topics which include women’s issues, empowered leadership, and personal growth. The resort hosts retreats and programs year round.

This small chapel at Hope Springs Retreat was completely destroyed by fire.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Fire.jpgThis small chapel at Hope Springs Retreat was completely destroyed by fire. Photo by Samantha Tolle
Local retreat’s spirit house destroyed is by the fire

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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