HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — The first step in rebuilding Hopewell Moose Lodge began on Thursday more than two months after a devastating fire.
Demolition crews were on the scene taking down what was left of the building that was destroyed in an early-morning blaze on Feb. 28. Video from that morning shows the entire building engulfed in fire, with flames sparking out 20 to 30 feet in the air. It took crews roughly two hours to get the fire under control.
Members of the lodge told 8News on Thursday they are excited to finally start the next chapter.
“Today is a day of joy … we’re happy, we’re excited because today you can see the progress for what’s to come,“ member Dawn Ozmore said.
The Hopewell Fire Marshal said the fire was ruled undetermined, but not suspicious. It started in the bingo room located in the front of the building.
Members hope the new building will open in July 2020.
“We’ll be back, Moose Strong,” said member Randy Perry.
8News Reporter Aaron Thomas will have a full report from the scene tonight beginning at 5.