TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A devastating fire displaces dozens of residents, and now a local homeless shelter is left to pick up the pieces. The Light House Mission in Terre Haute is working to get back on track.
Three days have passed, and the early morning blaze still seems surreal. “That was my home. You think about a lot of things. A lot of things go through your mind. Change is always good. It just takes doing it, but it’s coming along. It’s coming along real good, said Jeff Pair, a resident.
Personal belongings were removed from the building on Wabash over the weekend. Those staying downtown have been relocated to the Conner’s Center on 13th Street.
“I was planning on moving anyway but not this way,” said Reverend Timothy Fagg, CEO of Light House Mission.
The fire is speeding up the transition by at least two weeks, which has created upwards of $15,000 in additional expenses. “The cost is more than what we anticipated, but it is what it is,” said Fagg.
They are working to make residents safe and comfortable. Reverend Fagg said several fire code violations have been addressed.
News 10 also spoke with Investigator Norm Loudermilk on Monday afternoon.
“We’re currently working to help them come into compliance, but they are not currently up to code. The Terre Haute Fire Department has not been contacted by the Light House Mission to come back for re-inspection,” he said.
Focus also turns to feeding services. The mission is not currently equipped to serve 460 meals. “I know there’s a lot of people who need it, so we’re trying to push that as quickly as we can to make that happen. I’m hoping next weekend” said Fagg.
Until then, residents like Pair are pitching in. “Anybody out there that can help, it would be greatly appreciated.”
You can call the Light House Mission at (812) 232-7001.