Fire damages cabins at Ludlow Falls camp

Staff reports

LUDLOW FALLS — Firefighters are investigating a blaze that damaged five cottages at Ludlow Falls Camp.

According to Ludlow Falls Fire Chief Greg Bridenbaugh, the crew was dispatched to the camp at 2535 South Ohio 48 around 4:13 a.m. Monday.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but not suspicious. Firefighters said five of the 71 cottages were heavily damaged.

“It’s possible that because of the thunderstorm going on this morning the weather could have played a role, but as of now we can’t be sure,” Bridenbaugh said.

The damage is estimated around $25,000. The cottage where the fire may have started burned to the ground, making it difficult to determine a cause.

No one was in the cottages at the time, Bridenbaugh said. A week-long church camp ended Sunday evening at 8 p.m., so no one was at the site.

He estimated some of the cottages were 50 or 60 years old and either owned by the camp or by some private individuals.

Clean up will take several days to a week.

Fire crews from Ludlow Falls, West Milton, Laura, Pleasant Hill, and Darke County all responded to the call.

Staff reports