The fire began on Friday, July 20th, while it was a scorching 109 degrees out in Collinsville, Texas. Randy Scism, the partner of April Holtzman the Co-Founder of the camp, discovered the fire burning mid-afternoon.
When he arrived, various neighbors were trying to contain the large fire in hopes keeping it away from major buildings, however, an intense amount of damage had already been done.
The fire was fought over the course of three days by four different fire departments before it was finally put out.
The fire burned through Camp Tonkawa’s Arts and Crafts building, organic garden, trailers, and a large amount of other equipment. These areas were all used for camps and workshops, or as a source of food and usable land. The fire caused a total of at least $25,000 worth of loss.
Unfortunately, the lives of some farm animals were lost during the fire, including rabbits and chickens, as their enclosures were burned in the process as well.
Any donations would be extremely beneficial to Camp Tonkawa in helping them recover from these damages and work towards rebuilding what was lost!
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