Newburgh arts center catches fire

Newburgh arts center catches fire
Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 10:29 AM CDT
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NEWBURGH, Ind. (WFIE) - Fire crews were called to the area of Outer Lincoln and Highway 261 in Newburgh.

The call came in after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

It was the building that housed the Foundry Center for the Arts.

According to a post made on their Facebook page, everyone is safe.

Newburgh Fire Department Captain David Shepard says the fire caused extensive damage.

The cause has yet to be determined.

Staff members with the Foundry Center for the Arts say they are heartbroken and shocked to see the building they’ve only worked out of for a few months go up in flames.

”We’ve put so much effort into this, like my heart and soul. I mean so many people have volunteered, so many people I mean I get on my hands and knees and scrub this floor in there,” The Foundry Art Center’s Visual Arts program manager Tabitha Taylor said. “I mean we’ve painted all the walls, all the doors, door handles, door knobs, just everything and now its just... we’re starting from scratch again.”

Taylor says she’s floored at the damages, but she believes the community will help out.

“It’s a hard day to be a nonprofit, but at the end of the day being a nonprofit means that the community is going to come together,” said Taylor. “We’re gonna get, we’re gonna be okay.”

The Foundry Executive Director, Allison Brown, says she is grateful no one was hurt.

The Art Center created a donation page to help with replacing materials lost like art supplies, paper pencils, oil pastels and costuming for productions.

Fire at 261 and Lincoln in Newburgh
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Fire at 261 and Lincoln in Newburgh
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