Two firefighters were hurt battling an early morning fire at the Oman Temple in Flint.
The fire was reported just before 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. at 3517 N. Saginaw Street.
“They said it looks like it could be a total loss,” said Oman Temple member Bryant Nolden.
Nolden is a decade-long member of the Oman Temple number 72. For years, the Shriner’s Group from Flint has hosted meetings, fundraisers, and parties at their N. Saginaw Street location.
“I’m just very, very sad right now because I was just here at about 7:30 last night, and everything was fine. So, we’re just trying to figure out exactly what happened,” Nolden told TV5.
While firefighters arrived quickly, flames overtook the second story of the building where a small kitchen was located.
No one was inside at the time, but one firefighter was hurt when trying to cut the power. He was treated at the scene and is OK. Another firefighter had minor burns and went to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
The unique structure of the building made it hard for the firefighters to get to the fire and prevent it from spreading.
Flint Fire Battalion Chief Ramsey Clapper said the building was known as a staple in the community.
“It makes me sick you know; I just wish we could have done something more. It was just too heavily involved by the time we got here to really do any more than we did,” Clapper said.
And even though they no longer have a place to meet, it won’t stop the group from helping the community.
“We actually have a meeting coming up next Sunday, so it’s going to be a challenge for us,” Nolden said.
Michigan State Police arson investigators are looking into the case.