CORBIN – The girls’ dormitory at Laurel Lake Baptist Camp was damaged by fire July 3 but according to director Pat Callahan, events for the remainder of July will continue as usual.
No one was injured in the blaze and so far there is no official word on the cause.
The dorm “was not a total loss,” Callahan said. The fire “was contained in one room but there was a lot of smoke and water damage.”
Laurel Lake is supported by six Baptist associations in southeastern Kentucky. Callahan said insurance will compensate for the damage but the camp “operates on a shoestring” and there is a $1,000 deductible.
Approximately 200 children and youth attend camp at Laurel Lake each week in July with retreats and other camps scheduled throughout the year.
Callahan said no one at Laurel Lake wants to “take advantage of this accident” to generate donations but support from Kentucky Baptists always is appreciated.
“There are a lot of Baptist camps in Kentucky operated by our associations,” he added.
For more information on the camp, visit www.laurellakebaptistcamp.com.
The Kentucky Baptist Convention is a cooperative missions and ministry organization made up of nearly 2,400 autonomous Baptist churches in Kentucky. A variety of state and worldwide ministries are coordinated through its administrative offices in Louisville, including: missions work, disaster relief, ministry training and support, church development, evangelism and more.