COPPERAS COVE — The Goodwill thrift store that burned down last month is still taking donations and store officials said they will rebuild, however, there is no timeline for reconstruction.

“Right now, our plan is to stay at our facility and rebuild,” said Christina Taylor, a Heart of Texas Goodwill spokeswoman. “When that will happen, I can’t say, but that is our plan at this time.”

Heart of Texas Goodwill is waiting for the insurance company to finish its investigation. And board members still need to take action on the reconstruction as well as on a possible interim facility, Taylor said.

It could be next month or longer before those decisions and meetings take place, she said.

“When (the insurance) finishes, that is when we will start the clean up, but I don’t have a time frame on that,” Taylor said.

The Goodwill retail store, which Heart of Texas Goodwill owns, was destroyed by a late-night fire March 26. Fire investigators said they could not determine the cause of the blaze.

“It was a complete loss for the actual retail store, but our bargain barn did receive some smoke damage and we are still assessing that situation as far as total cost of the damage,” Taylor said.

Despite the damage, Goodwill is collecting donations at the site by using a trailer. Those donations are being transferred to Harker Heights and being distributed to other stores.

“Copperas Cove was one of our biggest stores,” Taylor said. “We have seen a great outpouring from the community there and great support.”

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

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