MAPLETON BOROUGH, HUNTINGDON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Multiple fire crews responded to an early morning fire that destroyed an American Legion building in Huntingdon County, the Mapleton Fire Department confirmed.
Huntingdon County Dispatchers say the fire occurred on the 400 block of Railroad Street in Mapleton Borough, Huntingdon County. Fire crews were called out to the scene just before 4 a.m. this morning.
Dispatch officials add the building suffered “extensive damage.” Mapleton Fire Department officials say the building has been deemed a total loss.
Mapleton Fire Company, Mill Creek Fire Company, Mount Union Fire Company, Huntingdon Regional Fire and Rescue, Trough Creek Valley Volunteer Fire Department, among others were on scene to assist with the fire, dispatch confirmed.
Alexandria Fire Company, Petersburg Fire Company and Orbisonia Fire Company brought their water supply tankers to assist as well.
The community is left heartbroken after the historic building in Mapleton was burned down.
It took area fire departments over 2 hours to get this fire under control.
“Most of the fire was probably in the bar area it looked like, but that’s just initial observation even though the ballroom, the back hall portion is a loss as well,” Mapleton Fire Department Chief Michael Corbin said.
But in the end, the building dating back to 1947 was lost, along with irreplaceable memorabilia inside.
“That’s the stuff you can’t replace, the old military stuff that was donated by people,” American Legion Manager Gary Henry said.
This American Legion is a big part of the community.
“They do the memorial day services and parades, the Halloween parades, and parties for the kids and stuff like that, they help with the community swimming pool, so there are a lot of things this organization did and this is a devastating blow to them and our community,” Corbin said.
“It is a family-based organization there are three parts to it, the legion, home association, and auxiliary,” American Legion Adjutant Marlin Brindle said.
The organizations will discuss plans further to see where they will go from here.
“Hopefully we’ll rebuild,” Henry said.
No injuries have been reported from the fire. The scene was cleared just before 9 a.m. this morning.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The State fire Marshall is expected to determine the cause of the fire Monday.