A fire destroyed the Band of Brothers Motorcycle Club’s clubhouse early Friday morning.
Three fire departments were toned to the blaze just after 6 a.m. Friday morning. The fire completely destroyed the building, with one side collapsing completely.
“Fortunately, there was no one here when the fire started,” said Greenwood County fire coordinator Joe Kennedy. “No one was hurt. It looks like the fire started in an electrical outlet.”
Kennedy said the fire appeared to have started in an outlet located in one of the offices. Kennedy noted that side of the building had not been reinforced like the other side had been.
About 20 members of the motorcycle club gathered to salvage what little they could from their clubhouse. Most of them were more distraught over losing something on which they had worked so hard.
“A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this place,” said Band of Brothers member Johnny Chastain, who was visibly upset by the morning’s events.
While the members gathered were clearly upset, they had a resolve in their eyes that let everyone know that they may be down, but they are not out.
“We’re going to rebuild,” said Band of Brothers treasurer Martin Harrington. “That’s the only thing there is to do. We lost a lot, but we’re still going forward with plans for our fall ride. We were able to save a couple of things, but almost everything is gone.”
The Band of Brothers motorcycle club is widely known for their charity efforts, many of them on behalf of veterans. The club just made a donation of $2,000 to a paralyzed veterans’ organization this week.
Coronaca Fire Department, Northwest Fire Department, Lower lake Fire Department, Greenwood County EMS and the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.
“We’ll build it back,” Harrington said. “It may take a while, but we’ll build it back.”