Damage Estimated At $1 Million In Local Goodwill Store Fire

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COPPERAS COVE (March 27, 2013)—The Goodwill Store in Copperas Cove was destroyed by fire overnight and investigators Wednesday morning were looking for a cause.

(Photo by Kristin Gordon)

Damages could total about $1 million, officials said Wednesday.

Goodwill was trying to place the store’s 20 employees at other area facilities.

Firefighters were sent just after midnight Wednesday morning to the store at 2421 E. U.S. Highway 190 where the first units at the scene reported smoke and flames coming from the single-story structure.

Copperas Cove Fire Department Captain Eric Watson said firefighters quickly went on the defensive fearing the roof might collapse, which it did.

Watson said it took firefighters about an hour to bring the blaze under control.

“The fire was so extensive that firefighting efforts were directed toward containing the fire and preventing it from spreading to an adjacent storage building and convenience store,” the fire department said in a press release late Wednesday afternoon.

“Due to those efforts those adjacent buildings were never threatened.”

Firefighters from Killeen were sent to Copperas Cove to cover the city while most of the Copperas Cove department was engaged in fighting the fire.

The main part of the store suffered extensive damage but a few small storage building at the back of the property escaped the fire.

Representatives from Oncor arrived to cut power to the building.

Watson said no one was injured.

The Copperas Cove fire marshal was investigating the cause of the blaze Wednesday morning.

(Photo by Kristin Gordon)
(Photo by Kristin Gordon)
(Photo by Kristin Gordon)
(Photo by Kristin Gordon)