MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Dozens of firefighters spent the pre-dawn hours Tuesday on the scene of a large structure fire.
The blaze broke out around 4:00am at the office building for the Fort Faith at Brigadoon Retreat on Union Academy Road near Ramer. That's about 16 miles from Montgomery's downtown.
The center is owned by Cameron Ministries, a mostly overseas ministry that serves children. It runs a Christian orphanage in Maldova and a home for teenaged girls. The Montgomery County center is used mostly by churches for adult retreats and youth camps.
Officials for the 20-year-old ministry had just last week moved all their records into the now gutted building. Now all the records, photos and historical information on the mission have been destroyed.
Thankfully, there were no one injuries in the blaze.
Founder Phillip Cameron kept a positive attitude as he watched firefighters beat down the flames. "I've seen real disaster in my life," he explained. "I've looked at the eyes of kids who have no where to go and were orphans and were starving. Now, that's a crisis."
Cameron said everything in the building was "stuff" and it could be replaced. What can't be replaced, he said, was hope and a life. "That's how I look at this this morning."
The fire was discovered by a man who lives in a trailer just a few yards from the burning building. He heard the popping noise of the fire and immediately called for help.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.