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Childrens' Home Offered Kids a Second Chance

30 Children Displaced After 1975 Fire Damaged the Home


October 10, 2019

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Fire tore through the Blair County Children's Home in Williamsburg on August 2, 1975. The fire displaced about 30 kids. The county opted not to rebuild the home.

On Aug. 2, 1975, a quiet afternoon in Williamsburg was shattered by the sounds of screaming sirens. It didn't take long for people to realize where the fire trucks were rushing to.

A look in the direction of the Blair County Children's Home told them all they needed to know. As smoke poured out of the home's rafters, filling the skies above Williamsburg, Blair County's only home for neglected and needy children was burning. The approximately 30 children living there, most of whom were placed there because their parents either couldn't, or wouldn't take care of them, were losing another hom...

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