More than 200 new campers arrived at the Salvation Army's Camp Keystone, which continues on after Saturday morning's three-alarm fire destroyed the camp's largest building -- its dining hall.
The Florida Fire Marshal's office, which is still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, says the fire started in the laundry area of the building and caused at least $3 million in damage.
More than 300 campers and staff were sleeping when a Bradford County deputy discovered the fire about 2 a.m. Two-dozen fire crews from Bradford and Clay counties and the city of Starke assisted in fighting the three-alarm fire that destroyed the building.
Those in a cabin closest to the dining hall were evacuated. No one was injured in the fire.
The dining hall, originally built in the 1960s, had undergone several renovations.
As campers and staff played clapping games Monday in a temporary dining hall, you would never there was a huge fire just two days ago. One of two Salvation Army mobile disaster kitchens is now providing the meals, something Camp Director Captain Marion Platt says they are grateful for.
"All of our staff here are about the mission of serving these children, so each and every one of them... they have smiles on their faces," Platt said.
Platt says they were sad over the loss of their dining hall and had to make some quick adjustments, but says with his hardworking staff, the campers are in good hands.
"They have really embraced the mission of the Salvation Army, which is to meet human needs without discrimination in Jesus' name," Platt said. "Every one of these people are passionate and motivated to make sure that every single camper has the week of their life here at Camp Keystone."