HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — Flames engulfed the Hopewell Moose Lodge early Thursday morning, leaving almost nothing but ash and burnt furniture inside.
Hopewell Moose Lodge leaders say they have plans to rebuild after everything was destroyed.
“There’s a lot of memories that were lost in what happened yesterday and so we need to make new ones,” one Moose Lodge leader said.
Hopewell firefighters made sure to save at least one important thing.
Incredible video from Thursday, shot by Hopewell Fire Chief Donny Hunter, shows three firefighters rush to secure an American Flag that was outside the burning building.
“We weren’t going to risk our lives but in the same token we were going to risk a little bit, it’s kind of worth it to get that symbol of hope,” said Hunter.
Chief Hunter told 8News the flag was minutes away from being taken with the fire. Firefighter Jamie Bridgeman is seen on the video hosing down flames creeping toward the flag and then firefighter Timmy Cibull drawing the flag.
WATCH: Hopewell firefighters rescue American Flag from burning Moose Lodge“One as a symbol of the country and two as a symbol to them to hopefully bring back to them a piece of the building that we were actually losing in the firefight,” Hunter told 8News.
Chief Hunter is then seen handing the American Flag to a Moose Lodge leader. The compelling video went viral on social media.
“Our intent was to do the right thing for the flag and for the people of the moose. Social media has a mind of its own for a lack of better words and it just went crazy. I’m proud,” Hunter told 8News.
Not captured on video, the Hopewell firefighters also saved the Virginia State flag flying beside the American Flag.
Fire Marshalls began inspecting the building on Friday to try and determine what started the fire. They expect to know more by next week.