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Fire severely damages Pasco County ministry helping homeless and families in need

Posted: 4:36 AM, Dec 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-04 17:37:26-05
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ACTS Community Resource Center fire

HUDSON, Fla. — A fire early Wednesday morning severely damaged a Christian-based ministry helping the homeless and families in need.

Multiple passersby called just after 1 a.m. that the ACTS Community Resource Center building on US 19 in Hudson was on fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the structure engulfed in flames.

It took Pasco Fire Rescue crews an hour to bring the fire under control.

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One homeless man says he goes to the church for food and clothing.

“When I first came out on the road I had no tent, no blankets, nothing. They went out and bought me a tent. They gave me food for my dogs," said Jesse Roza. "They helped me out a great deal.”

Roza says the ministry just provided 1,000 meals for Thanksgiving.

Broken But Beautiful Ministries' director says they are planning to still serve food to people in need.

"We could always still use the property so we'll probably still feed out here come Christmas Day regardless of the situation of the building," said Dan Kolb.

Everything inside the building, from food to clothing to medical supplies, was used to help the homeless and elderly. Volunteers were able to save some dry goods but little else remains salvageable.

For more information on the ACTS Center and how you can help go to, click here .

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ACTS Community Resource Center in Hudson, Fla.

Authorities say no one was injured and blame an electrical problem for starting the fire.

US 19 in the area was closed for several hours while crews worked to put out the flames.