An Indiana architecture firm on Tuesday offered to help restart the work on a senior housing center in east Baltimore that was consumed by flames Monday night.
Sponsored by the Southern Baptist Church, the center, which would have also included 60 affordable housing units, was about nine months from opening.
Michael J. Bluitt, of HCO, Inc. in Indiana — a firm that specializes in faith-based building projects — said he learned what happened to the senior center and decided to act.
"I saw it on the news this morning and it was devastating to us," Bluitt told NBC News. "It's like losing a family member."
Bluitt contacted a local TV station and asked them to put him in touch with Hickman, whom he surprised live on air with the good news. The pastor was visibly moved by Bluitt's offer of a free conceptual rendering and design consultation, which would have an estimated cost of $35,000-$40,000.
The church has also started a GoFundMe campaign, which as of Tuesday night was only a fraction of the way toward a goal of $16 million.