Capital City Ravens youth football team loses equipment in fire

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According to head coach Hiram Brown, more than $30,000 worth of equipment like pads, helmets and jerseys was lost in the fire.

COLUMBIA, SC — The Capital City Ravens, a Pop Warner youth football team in Columbia, are devastated after a fire Monday morning destroyed all of their football equipment.

According to head coach Hiram Brown, more than $30,000 worth of equipment like pads, helmets and jerseys was lost in the northeast Colombia fire.

“We’re not just talking about a football organization, but part of the fabric of this neighborhood,” said Craig Smith, a parent of a former player. “Hearing that something dear to them has been attacked and vandalized, it touched a lot of parents.”

Trophies won over the program’s 10-year history were also found shattered and in pieces on the floor.

Coach Brown told News 19 that the kids he coaches from kindergarten through college are more than teammates, they’ve become family.

“It’s kind of devastating to be that when we started here there was nothing in this shed, and over the years we’ve built it from scratch,” Brown said.

Tamara Brown and Adria Felder saw the destruction for the first time on Tuesday afternoon. Both parents were left almost speechless.

“To see it all go down the drain, like nothing’s salvageable, is heartbreaking,” Brown said. “Like, this is very upsetting. How can we come home and tell our kids this? I didn’t tell my son.”

“I certainly didn’t say mine at all,” Felder said. “It’s going to be devastating and heartbreaking.”

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Felder said it’s not just heartbreaking for parents to see, but for all children playing.

Brown said that fire was not the end of the fourth quarter for the Purple Ravens.

“It’s very heartbreaking, I’m telling you, very heartbreaking. But just like I tell my kids, when it comes to my players and my cheerleaders, it’s halftime,” Brown said. . “We’re down 0-0. Now it’s time to rebuild. Let’s try to finish the game strong. We’re going to come together to come up with a game plan, and when that clock hits 0-0-0, the Ravens will be back.”

The Columbia-Richland Fire Department responded to the fire and the fire marshal is investigating the cause of this fire.

A GoFundMe has also been set up for anyone wishing to donate funds for new equipment. To make a donation: CLICK HERE.

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