Fire Officials said they have not ruled out arson yet as the cause of a blaze Sunday morning that destroyed the Glen Oaks Golf Club’s clubhouse in Maiden.
“We haven’t ruled anything out at this point,” Catawba County Fire Marshal Mark Petit told the Times-News Monday morning. “That’s common practice.”
Petit said the county’s Communications Center received a call about the fire around 5:30 a.m. The Communications Center was unable to identify the caller’s name and whether or not he was just passing through the area.
Maiden Fire Department served as the incident’s primary responder with assistance from fire crews with Lincoln County’s North 321 agency, according to the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Flames were leaping from the clubhouse when firefighters arrived on scene, and luckily, no one was inside at the time, Petit said.
According to Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps, it took nearly an hour and a half for crews to extinguish all the flames.
Maiden High School’s Head Golf Coach Robbie Abernathy told the Times-News Tuesday afternoon that the destroyed clubhouse will in no way affect the team’s practices and home matches at the facility.
The coach was with the club’s owners Sunday morning in Myrtle Beach for a golf trip when they received news of the fire.
“This is not a great way to wake up,” he said. “Telephones were ringing, and (the owners left for home) immediately.”
While the clubhouse is currently closed, the golf course is open for business, according to General Manager Dennis Henry.
The business hopes to have temporary units setup soon and also plans to rebuild the clubhouse in the near future, Henry said.
“It’s business as close to normal as possible,” he said.
Fire officials have deemed the clubhouse to be a total loss and are conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident.
According to the Glen Oaks Golf Club’s website, the business has seen its share of disasters over the years, including a fire in the 1980s that destroyed its cart shed and Hurricane Hugo in the early 1990s, whose impact blew down 700 trees on the property, including one each on the cart shed and clubhouse.