Firefighters save American flag


Firefighters save American flag

HOPEWELL, VA (CBS) — As Virginia firefighters fought the flames that burned the Hopewell Moose Lodge early Thursday morning, a set of firefighters saved the American Flag flying outside the burning building.

Hopewell Fire Chief Donny Hunter said the building was destroyed.

“When I got here it was so engulfed in flames that you couldn’t even really figure where it started,” Hopewell Moose Lodge Treasurer Don Readshaw said. “It’s a feeling of futility because there’s nothing you can do.”

Chief Hunter said when his crews arrived, they made one interior attack.

“It immediately came through the roof once we made an interior attack on the building so we pulled people out,” he said.

Chief Hunter called the fire one of the largest he ever fought.

“This is one of my top ten,” he said. “We don’t usually lose a whole building. I mean, we pride ourselves in being very aggressive and fighting fire hard.”

Ultimately, Chief Hunter said their main goal was to keep everyone safe, so fire crews continued to battle the fire defensively.

Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the fire, but said at this time, they do not suspect foul play.

Readshaw said it will take some time for the board to figure out next steps, but he said they will do what needs to be done to rebuild.

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Firefighters save American flag

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