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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.
"They have places to stay and meals for the next few days, and they've gotten some funds from the Red Cross," Pastor Sauls said. "We've also gotten them some gift cards for the Dollar General store here. So I think their short-term needs are pretty well in hand. But long-term, well...we're doing what we can."
Compassionate Ministries is led by Sauls and is supported by a group of churches in southern Adams County. For those wishing to make donations, he may be contacted by phoning 260-525-4300.
Donors also may call the regional Red Cross office: 1-800-448-3543
None of the people displaced by the fire were injured, but the building and contents were a total loss, Berne Fire Chief John Crider said.
Firefighters were dispatched at 1:50 p.m. Monday and, Crider said, high winds fanned the fire through the attica area.
Firefighters were sent back to the scene around 4 a.m. Wednesday when there was some rekindling of the fire.