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Firefighters work quickly to quell fire at historic Methodist meeting ground
One tent destroyed in campground blaze
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Firefighters cool off a hot spot at the Methodist campground in Springfield. One of the structures, known as tents, caught fire Wednesday afternoon. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

Springfield firefighters and firefighters from around the county battled a blaze at the Methodist Campground in Springfield late Wednesday afternoon.

One of the structures, referred to as tents, burned completely and two others were damaged, one heavily. Springfield Assistant Fire Chief James Derryberry said the center building of the three was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.

“It spread to the two other structures on either side,” he said of the fire.

Derryberry said firefighters stopped the fire before it consumed the adjacent two buildings.

“We are knocking down hot spots and cordoning off the main areas until the fire marshal gets here,” he said.

The state fire marshal has been called to investigate the origin of the fire.

Methodists have convened at the campgrounds since 1790 and held their 217th annual camp meeting this summer. A state historic marker commemorates the site.