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Office Fire Incident Update

Updated: Jan 14

Wild Seed Gear Library

October 9, 2023

Dear Wild Seed Gear Library Community:

We hope this message finds you well. We are writing to share an important update regarding an incident that occurred at our premises. We regretfully inform you that the Wild Seed Gear Library experienced significant damage to the interior and exterior of the building and our equipment due to fire. At this time, we do not have access to the property. Here is what we know:

On the evening of Thursday, October 5, a fire broke out in the vacant building adjacent to the gear library. Thankfully, there were no staff members or partners present at the time and no injuries occurred as a result of this incident. While firefighters and first responders acted swiftly to contain the fire, they had to go through the Gear Library, break the windows, soak our adjacent walls, soak the floors and more to stop the fire next door and prevent the fire from spreading. Unfortunately, we must share the devastating news that the damage to our office and gear collection is extensive due to the intensity of the fire and the subsequent water and smoke exposure.

As we continue our damage assessment process, we are committed to providing you with updates on the status of our facilities and any potential disruptions to our services. At this time, we are working on securing a temporary space, providing support for our team members and partners, salvaging what we can and determining next steps. Rest assured, we are doing everything in our power to restore normal operations as soon as possible, but it will take time to rebuild our library's collection.

We greatly appreciate the support and understanding of our community during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our leadership team at or (443) 863-8173, and we will do our best to assist you.

Thank you for being a valued part of the Wild Seed Gear Library community. We will keep you informed as we work through this situation, and we look forward to serving you again soon.


Lisa Bleich Pickett Slater Harrington,

Executive Director, Board President

Wildseed Gear Library Wildseed Gear Library

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