Hopewell Moose Family Center destroyed in fire

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: February 28, 2019 | 12:20 p.m.

HOPEWELL – A longtime venue for community events and the home of Hopewell’s Loyal Order of Moose chapter was destroyed in an early morning fire in the city Thursday.

According to fire officials, just before 5 a.m., Hopewell fire crews responded to the lodge building located at 4701 Western Street just off Oaklawn Boulevard to find the building ablaze.

The strength of the fire necessitated mutual aid response from neighboring Fort Lee and Prince George to help knock down the intense flames and smoke. Once that smoke had cleared, the devastation revealed itself in the morning light as much of the building was destroyed, with only exterior brick walls remaining in portions of the decades-old facility.

The clear skies revealed only the brick exterior walls still standing at the Hopewell Moose Family Center as much of the roof was destroyed and collapsed during an early morning fire at the facility. The building is considered a total loss. (Michael Campbell/The Prince George Journal)

No one was injured in the fire, emergency crews reported and the building has been considered a total loss.

The lodge served as the home of the Loyal Order of Moose Chapter 1472 and as the venue for a number of community organizations and gatherings, such as the annual Tri-Cities Law Enforcement Memorial Breakfast, where members of local law enforcement and their families come together to honor officers who died in the line of duty from across the Tri-Cities, Fort Lee, Prince George, and Dinwiddie County.

In addition, the Hopewell-Prince George Crime Solvers, local scouting organizations, and others held their meetings and events at the center from time to time.

As of this report, a cause of the fire has not been determined.

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