Pat's Bulk Food Pantry closed due to arson fire

Wanda English Burnett

“I just don’t know why anyone would do this,” Pat Conant told the Osgood Journal after the business she and her husband, Gary, own, was destroyed by the work of an arsonist or arsonists.

The bulk food pantry store located on US 421 just south of Versailles, was well known to area cooks for the place to get all their baking and cooking supplies.

“I couldn’t have been more stocked,” Pat noted, as she told that she and staff had worked particularly hard getting ready for her biggest months, November and December. “I had all my samples made up,” her voice broke as she shared that she’s not sure what the future holds for the business she poured her heart and soul into.

Pat’s Bulk Food Pantry has been in operation for the past 20 years, providing not only bulk supplies of groceries to area cooks, but also doing a booming online business.

New Marion Fire Department Chief Charles Meisberger told the Osgood Journal the store was broken into sometime before 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning, November 6. He said the fire was set (arson) and was still under investigation by the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office and the Indiana State Police.

Meisberger said no one was injured in the blaze that saw three additional fire departments responding - Versailles, Osgood, and Friendship.

“I am thankful for all the volunteers,” Pat tearfully said, adding, she is truly thankful that no one was hurt. She urges anyone that might have seen something out of place that morning or any suspicious vehicles in the area to call the Indiana State Police at 689-5000.

While Pat is unsure of future plans for the store, she said she knows one thing - the people in this community have reached out to them and for that she is grateful.

The only damage visible from the front of the building at Pat's Bulk Food Pantry on US 421 near Versailles is the center roof. The inside was destroyed when fire was set to the building on Saturday morning, November 6. The windows are boarded up and the business is closed until further notice.