An Arkansas pregnancy resource center burned to the ground Sunday night, destroying a vital service to pregnant and parenting moms and babies.
A fire marshal said the blaze was accidental at the Arkansas Pregnancy Resource Center, just off Hermitage Road in Little Rock, KATV ABC 7 reports. Authorities said the fire was caused by roof maintenance work.
No one was hurt in the Sunday evening fire, but the pregnancy center was totally destroyed and several nearby buildings were damaged, according to the report. About 30 firefighters worked to destroy the blaze, the report states.
The pregnancy center announced on Facebook that it will be closed until further notice; however, it will resume mobile services next week.
“Our staff is grateful for all the well wishes in response to the fire. Our mobile services will be up next week,” the pregnancy center wrote online late Sunday.
The faith-based organization provides free information and support to pregnant and parenting moms, including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and referrals to community resources.
It is located across the street from the last surgical abortion facility in Arkansas, according to the Family Council of Little Rock. For many moms and unborn babies, the pregnancy center may provide a last line of hope before they make a final decision about their unborn baby’s life.