According to the St. Cloud Fire Department, the fire started around 3:45 a.m. Monday. Fire damage was limited to one room because of the sprinkler system.
Lt. Nathan North of the St. Cloud Salvation Army feels fortunate the fire didn’t spread but says the water damage left most of their space needing full renovations.
“In that moment, it just, it fell off, and my heart sank,” North said about getting the phone call about the fire.
“Unfortunately, our shelter [became] unsafe to be in until we can assess everything,” North said. “So unfortunately, it displaces all of our residents that are here with us.”
That’s around 40 people, many of whom are now with Place of Home Ministries.
“It’s terrible for the people,” Pastor Carol Smith, with Place of Home Ministries, said.
“We were able to get [a floor at] our facility ready that we were not occupying at the moment, miraculously,” Smith said.
She adds pillows, blankets, and bedding would be warmly welcomed and that donations can be dropped off at 511 9th Ave. N. in St. Cloud.
“We’re just trying to provide what we can for support and all that this holiday season,” Smith said.
As for the St. Cloud Salvation Army, North is asking people not to share physical donations with them as they work to clean up their facility. He added that donating to the Salvation Army’s red kettles is the best way to help.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.