Editor's note: This corrects the ownership of the Woman's Club building.
Two days after a fire eliminated most of the Woman's Club of Huntington Beach, the club's program chairwoman said she feared a century's worth of artifacts had burned in the blaze.
Elaine Craft, who is also the club's second vice president, said among the items presumed lost were an antique grand piano, dishes the club once served lunches on and paper records that extended back decades.
"That was just it," Craft said. "The whole thing was gutted."
Craft and Treasurer Rosemary Trout said club members were in the process of deciding their next steps as their insurance company evaluated the damage and officials investigated the cause of the fire. Monday afternoon, Craft said, some of the club's leaders had a meeting and agreed that they wanted to rebuild the clubhouse if city codes permit it.
More than 50 firefighters from the Huntington Beach Fire Department and others responded about 3 a.m. Saturday to the club at 420 10th St., where an intense fire had started and begun to spread to the houses on either side.