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April 26th, 2012
Four families with perhaps as many as 12 children lost nearly all their belongings and were displaced by Tuesday's devastating fire at the Oakwood Terrace Apartments on Interlaken Drive at the east edge of Berne, off SR 218.
Immediate needs of the famliies seem to have been taken care of, Pastor Donald Sauls of Compassionate Ministries said Wednesday afternoon. But, of course, long-term needs are a much larger picture.
Berne Fire Chief John Crider said this morning that the investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed a building at the Oakwood Terrace Apartment complex Tuesday, displacing four families, may have been caused by a cigarette.
Crider stated that the fire began in the northern, upstairs apartment. The occupant told investigators he had thrown a cigarette out of a window, but that it may have blown back in through a crack in the wall.
Residents of Adams County and the surrounding areas may soon be receiving a survey form in their mailbox.
A survey will be sent to a random sample of homes in late April and it is designed to help Adams Memorial Hospital identify the health services needed in the community, the hospital said in a news release. The information will be used for strategic planning, grant applications, new programs, and by community groups interested in addressing health issues.
Ben Faurote was handed a four-year term on the North Adams school board by Decatur City Council during a special council session held Tuesday afternoon.
A razor-thin vote — in what was the council's last-ever school board appointment — saw Faurote retain his board seat by a 3-2 margin over newcomer Stacey Bussel. Future school board seats will be filled by voters as the board later this year begins the transformation from an appointed body to an elected one.
Berne firefighters were dispatched to a fully-involved fire at Oakwood Terrace Apartments at 1:50 p.m. yesterday and remained on the scene nearly four hours, with one firefighter suffering minor injuries.
Berne Fire Chief John Crider reported this morning that a firefighter was taken to a local hospital for examination and x-rays due to a hand injury. The injury was not said to be serious, and the firefighter was treated and released.
In recognition of Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Adams County advocacy group SAFE (Supporting All Families Everyday) has created a pinwheel garden on the south side of the courthouse lawn.
The blue pinwheels, which will be displayed today through Friday, are "like a promise to children to keep them safe," said SAFE spokeswoman Cindy Thieme.
One building in the Interlaken Apartments complex on the east edge of Berne was heavily damaged by fire early Tuesday afternoon and may be a total loss.
Fire departments from Berne and Geneva fought the blaze, with the Preble FD providing Cascade breathing units.
The complex has 10 buildings in all and 35 units, covering 6.44 acres.
Further details and photos will appear in Wednesday's edition of the Daily Democrat.
Disaster of the training variety struck Decatur on Monday night as various local emergency services participated in a table-top exercise.
The mock disaster involved a huge tornado which tore through Decatur and caused widespread damage, including striking Bellmont High School.
Fifteen to 20 people were involved in the three-hour exercise conducted at the Decatur fire station on Seventh St., starting around 5:30 p.m.
With two of its five members absent, Berne City Council conducted only a portion of its planned business Monday evening, while postponing other actions until the full body is present.
Two planned public hearings went ahead as scheduled, including a session to accept comment on a proposal to establish an Economic Revitalization Area at EP Graphics as part of a 10-year tax abatement request.
Funeral services are pending at Elzy-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian for Zachary Wendell McKee, a 27-year-old Ossian resident who died Sunday in an unusual accident.
According to reports, McKee fell onto the electrified third rail at a CTA Purple Line station in the Chicago suburb of Evanston on Sunday. The death has been ruled an accident.