Fire destroys VFW

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 9/4/18

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; …

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Fire destroys VFW

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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.


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