Love INC thrift shop total loss after fire

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BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Multiple crews responded to a fire in Everett Wednesday afternoon at the thrift shop for Love INC, where the building has been ruled a total loss.

The fire was at 80 State Street and was called in around 1 p.m. The building is a thrift shop for the Love In The Name of Christ Ministry Center (Love INC), where they store mattresses and other items.

Crews from Blair, Bedford and Fulton counties worked to put out the fire. No injuries were reported, but the building is a total loss.

Bev Patton, Executive Director of Love INC. said she is just grateful nobody was injured.

“My heart hurts because what happens in that building is we had a store and the proceeds from that store go to help those in need in our community,” Patton said. “So for a while, that will be put to a halt.”

Firefighters said the biggest battle they have faced is the fact that the building has multiple layers of roofing, making it difficult to get to the fire.

The building that was destroyed was Love INCs store that sold second-hand items and the proceeds go to help those in need in the community.

“I was always coming in here and my checkbooks always got checks for love inc, love inc,” regular shopper at Love INC Jacquelyn Howsare said.

Howsare said Love INC is always there for anyone who needs anything and hopes to see them rebuild.

“Oh, it’s sad it’s very sad, but you know what, this area was here for them, and they’ve always been here for us, we will definitely help them build back up,” Howsare said.

The Love INK executive director did tell us the fire was ruled accidental.

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