An overnight fire ripped through the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2598 on North Ocoee Street on Monday, resulting in a total loss of the structure.The fire caused the tin roof to collapse; …
An overnight fire ripped through the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2598 on North Ocoee Street on Monday, resulting in a total loss of the structure.
The fire caused the tin roof to collapse; however, there were no injuries. In addition, no one was inside the building, reports said.
The fire began at approximately 11:30 p.m. Monday, reports said.
Acrid smoke still rose from the structure as personnel from the Cleveland Fire Department remained on the scene Tuesday morning to extinguish hot spots. Three fire trucks, including a ladder truck, were still at the scene as of 8 a.m.
VFW Commander Billy Pierce said a cookout took place Monday afternoon at the post.
"The cookout was at 1 p.m.," Pierce said. "It was over by 3 p.m., and we were gone by 8 p.m."
Pierce said the one-story partial stone and wood structure was built in 1959.
VFW employee Hope Hilton was one of several visibly upset members and employees gathered along the fire-hose-laden road that approached the building.
"There are lots of memories there," Hilton said. "Lots of love."
As of Tuesday morning, investigators had not determined the cause of the blaze. Additional details will be provided in the Cleveland Daily Banner as they become available.
Print subscribers have FREE access to clevelandbanner.com by registering HERE
Non-subscribers have limited monthly access to local stories, but have options to subscribe to print, web or electronic editions by clicking HERE
We are sorry but you have reached the maximum number of free local stories for this month. If you have a website account here, please click HERE to log in for continued access.
If you are a print subscriber but do not have an account here, click HERE to create a website account to gain unlimited free access.
Non-subscribers may gain access by subscribing to any of our print or electronic subscriptions HERE