Cove Goodwill Burns

Fire investigators examine the scene of a fire that destroyed the Goodwill on U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove early Wednesday, March 27.

COPPERAS COVE — Heart of Texas Goodwill officials will meet with architects later this month to discuss plans to rebuild the nonprofit’s facility, which burned down in March.

Shannon Kendrick, a Goodwill spokeswoman, said a timeline for when the building will be rebuilt and reopened on the property, owned by the Waco- and Harker Heights-based nonprofit, will be determined at the meeting.

Goodwill cleared the property several weeks ago after an investigation by its insurance company ended.

In late March, the building caught fire and was reported to the city’s fire department just before midnight. The building’s roof collapsed, and it was engulfed in flames shortly after firefighters arrived.

Cove fire investigators said the cause of the fire was unknown, noting arson-detecting dogs and investigators did not find evidence that accelerants were used.

Since the property was cleared of debris, Goodwill set up a donations center at the old H-E-B store, 804 E. U.S. Highway 190.

“The reason it got moved is because once it was cleared and we start building, people won’t be able to go on the property for safety reasons,” Kendrick said.

Residents can drop off donations at the collection center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Goodwill officials are working with its insurance company to determine an estimate of the property lost in the fire.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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