DAUPHIN – Around 60 children have had their trip cut short after a fire broke out at the Dauphin Bible Camp.
Emergency crews were called around 2 p.m. Monday after a blaze broke out in the boy’s bathroom.
“Upon arrival crews found that one of the main buildings, that served as the kitchen and dining facility, as well as the chapel for the bible camp was engulfed in fire,” said Dauphin Fire Chief Cameron Abrey.
Abrey says staff and about a dozen campers were in the building when they noticed smoke. Fortunately, everyone was able to get out safely.
“As soon as the smoke was noticed they successfully evacuated not only the main building, but the surrounding bunk houses and office areas following their emergency plan,” Abrey said. “The staff, neighbours and volunteers of the Dauphin Bible Camp are to be commended.”
Wayne Eisbrenner is the Manitoba Field Director For One Hope Canada, which oversees operations at the camp. He echos Abrey’s sentiments.
“Can’t say enough about how the staff operated. These young people, some of them as young as 16, they acted well beyond their age and very mature. Just so proud of them.”
The 41-year-old building is a total loss, but the camp has been working on constructing a new building over the last several years. Eisbrenner expects things to go ahead as normal.
“We’re meeting as a board tonight to make some decisions. But from what I perceive, unless God does something totally unexpected, we expect fully to be able to run the rest of the summer.
An investigation determined the fire was caused by an electrical issue in the boy’s bathroom. A damage estimate is unavailable at this time.