ENGLEWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — Englewood Indoor Soccer was destroyed by fire early on Tuesday morning.
The owner, Jerry Butcher opened Englewood Indoor Soccer (EIS), the first full time indoor soccer venue in the Miami Valley in 1985 and doesn’t know if he will re-build the facility.
“A lot of places come and go but this has always been here,” owner of the soccer venue John Boucuvalas said. “This is the ground zero of indoor soccer in the area.”
Firefighters responded to calls of a fire at the complex around 5:45 on Tuesday.
When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the building.
Fire officials say the fire was likely caused by a lightning strike as storms moved through the area overnight.
The damage is estimated at nearly $1 million.
No one was hurt in the fire and other buildings were not damaged, but this incident impacts the community and some local soccer leagues. Boucuvalas was planning on playing on a league at EIS this fall, but now will have to look elsewhere to play. He’s hopeful Butcher will re-open.
“It’s a family atmosphere, starting with seeing Jerry who was right there when you walk in every day. Same person for 30 years,” said Boucuvalas.