reflections from a St Louis fire

Intersections

This morning’s St Louis Post-Dispatch online has a two-sentence story of yesterday’s fire in the 3400 block of Arlington Avenue in north St Louis.

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And looking at this photo of firemen in their full outfits perched above flames brought to mind Gary Busiek and a team from our St Louis Euclid Corps, busy Thursday aiding firefighters with cold water from a Salvation Army emergency canteen.

It’s been hot this week in St Louis. Firemen don’t need to be dressed head to toe in metal and heavy insulated suits, hovering over a fire in 100+ degree heat indexed weather.

I couldn’t help but also think of several houses ten miles to the south in the West Benton Park neighborhood. They are Salvation Army houses where about a dozen young adults live in a missional community.

Those houses could be empty and at risk just as was the house on the 3400…

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