WEST LAFAYETTE -- A 40x200 foot building being utilized as a workshop for developmentally disabled residents was totally destroyed by fire last Tuesday evening (July 14).

The building was located on property owned by Jones Metal Co.

It was leased to Hartville Homes and housed a workshop program for approximately 75 residents of Lafayette Meadows, and the Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The workshop program typically constructed hand crafted items that were being sold through several craft outlets in and around Coshocton County.

The blaze was reported by an employee of Jones Metal shortly before 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday. According to West Lafayette Volunteer Fire Department Captain Damon Gould, the fire was fully involved and the roof had collapsed when firefighters arrived on the scene.

The fire department was assisted by Newcomerstown Fire and Rescue, which responded with a ladder truck, and also assigned an extra truck at the West Lafayette station for back up calls during the course of the evening. Firefighters remained at the scene until 10 p.m.

Coshocton County REACT, American Red Cross, and the West Lafayette Police Department also assisted at the scene.

The blaze remains undetermined at the time this story went to press.

Mike Sleutz, CEO of Hartville Homes stated, " It's disappointing, but we are very fortunate that it happened when no one was in the building. The residents are safe, and that's most important. The building can be put back up."

Steve Oster, superintendent for Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities reports a plan for the program to resume at a temporary location within a few days.