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Cambridge Salvation Army Looking to Rebound After Fire

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- One day after a fire caused major damage to the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Cambridge, Salvation Army leaders are looking to pick up the pieces and move forward, with a little help from the community.

Maj. David Gilliam of the Salvation Army said he received a phone call Monday afternoon about a fire at the store.

"I came down and wanted to be sure that everybody got out of the building," Gilliam said. "When I pulled up, smoke was billowing out of the building.  The fire department was arriving on the scene.  Everybody got out safely, thank God for that."

While nobody was hurt, the store did suffer major damage.  Heavy fire, smoke and water damage forced the Salvation Army to close to thrift shop while the charity recovers.  Bill Webb is a frequent shopper at the thrift shop and says he hates to see it have to be closed.

"It is very important because there is not a whole lot of money circulating in Cambridge," said Webb. "And it is easy shopping and they will work with you and they got good deals."

With the latest fire on Race Street in Cambridge, the Salvation Army will be looking for some help from the public.

"Not only sell, we give out a lot of good to clients who are in need, and so we are at a disadvantage there right now.  Also, the sales put probably between $120,000 and $130,000 back in direct assistance that we able to help with rent, utilities, things like that," said Gilliam.

Until further notice, the Salvation Army in Cambridge cannot accept furniture or clothing donations.  Monetary donations are the best way to help out.

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