NEOSHO, Mo. — Shortly before 8:00 PM Thursday Neosho Fire Department were alerted to a reported outside fire at 308 East Spring Street, The Restoration Life Center Thrift Store.
Upon arrival it was observed to be a group of mattresses and furniture to the north of the building that then spread to the structure.
Mutual aid was requested of Redings Mill Fire District. Neosho Police assisted blocking off traffic as hoses were ran from various hydrants.
THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE
The fire is alleged to have been set. 37-year-old Joshua Love who was arrested Thursday night. He’s now facing charges of 3rd degree arson, felony stealing, and felony property damage in Newton County.
Love’s first court date hasn’t been set. Love’s bond is set at $10,000.
Proceeds from the sale of items at the Restoration Life Center Thrift Store are the primary funding source for the ministry that operates a homeless shelter just a few blocks away. Housing as many as 32 men, women, and children at capacity.
Karen Sprenkle, Executive Director, Restoration Life Center, said, “The community has been wonderful coming together [Thursday] night, we had several people down here praying for us so that has been great, we need prayers, we need monetary support to keep our homeless shelter going yes.”
Sprenkle says it’s too early to determine if the building can be salvaged, but in the mean time, she says they won’t be able to accept donations of clothing, furnishings and furniture.
And she says a lot of people depend on those items.
Some of the burned furniture would have been given to a shelter resident when they get their own place.
“They would come down here and get plates and furniture, what ever they needed to house their home, we also helped community members in Newton County and worked with the Red Cross so whenever they would have a fire, they were able to come down and get what they needed as well.”
If you’d like to make a donation to the center, you can mail it to P.O. Box 123, Neosho, Missouri, 64850, attention Karen. You can also call 417-455-9393. (KSN Stuart Price also contributed to this article)
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