The farm, called Camp Hi-Ho, burned down in late November. Though the barn was completely lost, no people or animals were hurt during the fire.
Camp Hi-Ho shared an update on their Facebook page, saying, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm the news that we lost our barn last night in a horrible fire. We are deeply thankful that no people or animals were hurt, but we are still mourning the loss of years of hard work and memories that occurred in these walls.
“Words cannot describe the pain we are in, but we are so incredibly grateful for the Simpsonville Fire Department and all the other fire fighters who responded to our emergency. You are true heroes. We are also so grateful for the countless members of our community who have reached out to support us during this time. Your love and kindness mean the world to us,” the statement continued.
“We know Camp Hi-Ho is a special place to so many, and we plan to rebuild and repair so that we can move forward with a safe and joyful camp experience this summer,” they continued.
Lawrence, who grew up on the farm and attended Camp Hi-Ho every summer, also took a moment to thank the Louisville community “for reaching out to my family and me following the devastating fire that sadly destroyed a significant part of Camp Hi-Ho.”
“I grew up on that farm, going to Camp Hi Ho every summer. When my brother Blaine took it over, he applied his creative mind and fun loving spirit and expanded a camp that was already the coolest, because it was the only place where kids could do whatever they wanted. A muddy messy paradise,” she continued.
Local firefighters received a call around 9 p.m. about the fire. Together with assistance from Shelby county and South Oldman fire departments they worked for over an hour to put the flames out, according to WLKY News.
Lawrence confirmed to People that she and her family are working together with her brother Blaine in the hopes of getting Camp Hi-Ho up and running again by this summer.
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