Jul 28, 2013
Bunk Burns While Campers Away
The burnt bunk house was sealed off, Sunday morning

As children at a large Chabad overnight camp were enjoying the Shabbos meal, a fire broke out in one of their bunk houses.

The following email from Rabbi Moshe and Leah Shemtov, Directors of Camp Gan Israel Detroit was sent on Motzoei Shabbos to parents of campers and staff. A copy was also sent to COLlive:

Boruch Hashem, camp has gotten off to a great start, with an inspiring first Shabbos here in Lubavitch City, MI.

Last night during the Shabbos Seuda while we were all in the dining room, a fire broke out in one of the bunk houses.

Boruch Hashem no campers, counselors or staff were in or near the bunk at any time and no one was hurt in any way.

After the meal when some bunks headed back they saw from outside a small fire in the bunk house (which is situated about 5 min walk -Valley Cabins Bunk Yud Daled- from the dining room) and ran back to inform us.

Boruch Hashem no campers, counselors or staff were hurt in any way although the personal property of the 10 campers and 2 staff of that bunkhouse were damaged. The parents of that bunk have all already been contacted and if you were not contacted your child is not in that bunk.

Last night the bunk was relocated with beds, linen, nightgowns and were put to sleep with a beautiful story about Reb Levik.

Camp is working diligently to ensure that every camper has all their needs fully met. Tonight the bunk is on their way to town to buy linen, bedding, personal items etc.

Although we do not know yet the cause of the fire, we have put extra precautions & supervision in place, and continue to examine ways to keep all our campers & staff safe and secure at all times.

We thank Hashem for all His kindness and goodness and are forever grateful that no one was hurt and that damage was minimal and only to property.

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The burnt bunk house was sealed off, Sunday morning
The burnt bunk house was sealed off, Sunday morning

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BH all are okay!
Baruch Hashem no one was hurt! With a fire comes great wealth?
(7/28/2013 10:06:28 AM)
Things happen
As long as everyone is safe, that's what matters., Things can be replaced. It is very responsible to publicly post so as not to get everyone fired up (pun intended) with unfounded rumors. Enjoy the rest of the summer!
(7/28/2013 10:07:04 AM)
It's such a miracle that it happened when it did, not at night or any time kids/staff would be there! Boruch Hashem!!
(7/28/2013 10:27:13 AM)
Rabbi Moshe & Leah Shemtov;
As always we are so impressed with the professional manner in which you deal with everything.
Hodu L'Hashem Ki Toiv
(7/28/2013 10:34:26 AM)
what happened
thank you hashem
(7/28/2013 10:53:36 AM)
A concerned parent
B'H no one was hurt
I hope this will be a reminder to all camps to install fire alarms
(7/28/2013 11:15:46 AM)
Not to make light of this but..
See what happens...as soon as the boy's leave and the girls come...BOOM:) (lol)

P.S.(obviously im just joking and please dont start spamming b/c of this comment:)
P.S.P.S. I cant believe I felt I had to make that previous comment
(7/28/2013 11:15:46 AM)
which bunk was this??
(7/28/2013 11:27:59 AM)
valley cabins obm
brings back good old memories
(7/28/2013 11:36:19 AM)
That's too bad
That was my bunk house in bunk tzadik Bais summer of '93. BH everyone is OK.
(7/28/2013 11:38:21 AM)
Shemtovs: Dedicated heart and soul to CGI Detroit!
May you be blessed with much hatzlocha always
(7/28/2013 11:38:51 AM)
great memories
the other side kicks!

BH everyone is ok
(7/28/2013 11:50:48 AM)
To #1
If they get enough insurance $$ mabey they can bail out the city of Detroit....
(7/28/2013 12:15:30 PM)
to no 8
bunk yud daled
(7/28/2013 12:26:23 PM)
Thank you for posting
And thank you for dealing with this responsibly.
We are all blessed!
Buffalo, NY
(7/28/2013 12:33:00 PM)
All camps, please take proper precautions
I have had my children at many camps, and this has been by far the most professional in dealing with lice, illness, contact with parents, etc.
I hope all camps have proper fire alarms and systems in place. If not, please, this is not the place to cut corners or save money.
(7/28/2013 1:52:04 PM)
Bh no one was hurt
Maybe they can install fire alarms in the bunk houses,
(7/28/2013 2:30:30 PM)
Grateful bubby
My einiklach are Boruch Hashem in this amazing and chassidishe camp and were so happy they are in such good, capable hands. Im Yirtzeh Hashem it should be a safe, successful summer bgashmius ubruchnius. Hatzlacha rabba!
(7/28/2013 3:15:34 PM)
baruch Hashem
no one was hurt! hashgacha protis that it happened during the firday night meal and no one was in the bunkhouse at that time
(7/28/2013 3:25:33 PM)
Amazing how they took that bunk and counselors shopping for everything! Go CGI Detroit!!!
No camp can compare
(7/28/2013 3:25:40 PM)
at least it was only in a Oklahoma bunk house and not the site !!!!!!!!!!!
(7/28/2013 3:49:27 PM)
to 17
even if they did (and probably so) no one would hear it. it was on shabbos.
(7/28/2013 4:18:04 PM)
Boruch Hashem
Than you rabbi and mrs Shemtov for always keeping our kinderlach safe and happy! The kids are having a great time, yasher koach and may you go from strength to strength.
(7/28/2013 6:34:15 PM)
fire alarms
i remember a safety box with a fire alarm or s/t like that installed in every bunkhouse on the "otherside"
(7/28/2013 6:54:49 PM)
Concerned Bubbie
What age are the girls in bunk Yud Daled??
(7/28/2013 8:48:17 PM)
12 and thiteen
that was my bunk house last year!
(7/28/2013 9:15:05 PM)
Is bunk Yud Daled pioneers?
(7/28/2013 11:39:47 PM)
that was my old bunkhouse!!!!!!!!
wow that was my bunkhouse last year so many great memories in that place
so sad to see it down :[
(7/29/2013 9:45:59 AM)
what was it
a bunkhouse or a trailer
(7/30/2013 8:38:52 AM)
To no 21
(7/30/2013 1:35:00 PM)
To no 29
(7/31/2013 12:05:22 PM)
the otherside!
i remember that bunkhouse. go "othersiders!"
(8/1/2013 10:57:56 AM)
ok snobby highers
att bunk yud dalerds/snobby highers/burgurs summer of last year .

who remembers our awsome summer together our dedicated and awsome counslours shaina avtzon and chana fayga our crazy old old old bunkhouse that needed a repair which is prob why the fire started our open showers due to fears who remebers the snobby highers song i luv u bunk yud daled forever we all miss it (i think ) it was definatly an expierience lol luv yah guyz keep missing u day by day
(8/2/2013 3:52:29 AM)
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