Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 17, 2013

Lightning strike closes Salvation Army thrift shop

Fundraising efforts begin to build new store.

By Ken de la Bastide
Kokomo Tribune

---- — A lightning strike from a storm in June has resulted in the Salvation Army closing one its two thrift shops in Kokomo.

Capt. Dale Brandenburg said approximately three weeks ago the thrift store at the intersection of North Washington and Jefferson streets was hit by lightning.

The lightning strike heavily damaged the electrical system, heating and air conditioning in the building, he said.

“It was going to cost $30,000 to repair,” Brandenburg said. “We didn’t think that was the best use of the insurance money.”

Brandenburg said the thrift shop on North Washington Street closed last Saturday, but the store at the Southway Plaza remains open.

He said the North Washington Street location was in need of repair, so the lightning strike expedited plans for the construction of a new facility.

The current plan is to demolish the North Washington Street store and within the next two to three years construct another building.

Brandenburg said the estimated cost of a new building is $500,000, and fundraising efforts will begin in the near future.

People wanting to donate may send a check to the Salvation Army, 1101 S. Waugh St. The donation should be marked building fund.

Brandenburg said last week, the Kokomo Salvation Army assisted in Peru with damage from the tornado.

He said about 240 families were helped. Brandenburg said Walmart donated fruit, bottled water and lunch meats.

Brandenburg said the Salvation Army was aided by the chapter in Indianapolis, and the Peru Salvation Army opened on Thursday to assist local residents.