WAVERLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The owner of a brewery north of Paw Paw says the building is a total loss after a fire broke out early Tuesday morning.
Owner Jeff Wescott spent the day looking through the rubble trying see what could be salvaged.
“It looks like just an American flag and a Korean War vintage Jeep,” Wescott said.
The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said it received a report of a fire at Lucky Girl Brewing Crossroads located at M-43 and M-40 in Waverly Township around 12:30 a.m. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and there were no reports of injuries.
The fire was initially put out around 1:30 a.m. but rekindled around 3:50 a.m.
Investigators believe the fire stemmed from a problem with an electrical panel.
Wescott said he started the company in 2014, initially selling beer to stores before opening up the taproom in 2017. He also runs the B52 Winery next door, which was spared from the fire.
“We’ve got the winery next door, which we’re hoping that we’ll probably relocate, at least temporarily, the brewery into it and see where we can go from there,” Wescott said.
As Wescott and his team work to clean up, many in the community reached out to offer help.
“We’ve had tremendous support with the community,” he said.
With the business figuring out its next steps, the owner and his employees are trying to stay focused on the future and not what was lost.
“We have great patrons,” Wescott said. “Hopefully we will rebuild and build something better.”