The club plans to rebuild.
Authorities say the investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed the clubhouse at Country Club of Greenfield (Mass.) could take more than a week to complete, reports the Boston Herald.
No injuries were reported when the club’s century-old clubhouse went up in flames early Saturday, October 22, 2011. Firefighters from dozens of communities helped douse the blaze, which left only the chimney and a few walls standing.
Greenfield fire Capt. Andrew Garvin says the building’s age, wood construction and open floor plan made fighting the fire more difficult. The investigation into its cause remained open Sunday.
Already, the Board of Directors have called an emergency meeting for Tuesday to discuss what to do next, reports The Republican. The Country Club of Greenfield is owned by a large group of shareholders and is insured.
James “Bucky” O’Brien, a PGA golf professional who has worked at the club for 43 years, said he is hoping the insurance company will authorize a trailer to be set up as a business office, so the club can easily finish the last weeks of the season.
“We are talking about the inevitable, rebuilding. We will set up an emergency building committee,” O’Brien told The Republican. “The response has been humbling. I don’t know how many calls I have gotten. This is when you find out there are a lot of really, really nice people out there.”
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