Fire destroys Bartlesville Habitat for Humanity warehouse

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 10/03/2013 9:10 am Published: 10/02/2013 8:00 pm

An organization dedicated to rebuilding lives has to rebuild part of itself. Fire gutted a Habitat for Humanity warehouse early Wednesday morning in Bartlesville.

"Everything in the materials storage building is lost, including a shop that we had in one corner with a number of power tools in there," says Bill Millis with Habitat for Humanity.

Millis says he got the call early Wednesday morning that the warehouse was on fire.

"We're trying to take it in stride and continue as though nothing happened, but obviously that's not going to be easy," says Millis.

The fire destroyed their building materials warehouse, taking with it expensive tools like a table saw and an air compressor.

Even important Habitat for Humanity client files were left black and charred.

Bartlesville firefighters tell FOX23 that they faced several challenges when they got there.

"There were flames shooting out of the skylights and the metal was so hot it was glowing red, and they had to cool down the outside of the building before they could open the doors," says Bartlesville Fire Department PIO, Bill Hollander.

Habitat is in the process of building two homes it hopes to have done in the next few months despite the fire.

The warehouse was partially insured, but it's not enough to cover the losses.

"We don't want this to hamper our efforts to build houses for needy families in Bartlesville," says Millis.

If you would like to donate supplies or cash to help Habitat for Humanity in Bartlesville, you can mail your donation to P.O. Box 1284, Bartlesville, OK, 74005.

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