Fire breaks out at Butler County campground

A fire broke out at a Butler County campground Friday morning.


A 911 dispatcher told Channel 11 a caller reported the fire from Bear Run Campground along Badger Hill Road in Muddy Creek Township around 10:30 a.m.

The caller said the fire was in the laundry and arcade building.

Chopper 11 flew over the camp, where smoke was coming from a building in an area heavily shaded by trees. Multiple fire trucks were on the scene.

“I was over at the Portersville-Prospect heritage festival at McConnell’s Mill when I got the call…we were starting to set up for out event this weekend,” said Keith Wehr, co-owner of Bear Run Campground. “When I pulled in, this building was completely inflamed…unbelievable.”

We spoke with Butch Potts, who was there while visiting family in the area. He described to us what he saw from his camper.

“I heard something…I come out and the whole building was on fire. People who worked here were trying to get everybody away, get all the vehicles away,” Potts said.

The Wehr family plans to operate their business as usual and eventually rebuild the facility in the same area, but until then, they want patrons to enjoy this peak season.

“We’re in the fall season, we’re in full swing…we got a lot of people coming in enjoying the area, McConnell’s Mill and Moraine State Park,” Wehr said.

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