The blaze at the Norton, Ohio club on the day after Christmas required response from several area departments, with ice impeding the firefighting efforts. Golf carts and other maintenance equipment were destroyed, but no one was hurt and the clubhouse was not damaged.
Firefighters from multiple departments responded to a fire late on Thursday, December 26, that destroyed a large golf cart and maintenance-equipment storage building at the Barberton Brookside Country Club in Norton, Ohio, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Mike Schulz, Chief of the Norton Fire Department, said an initial call was received at about 8:30 p.m. that there was a fire at the maintenance building, which is located off Golf Course Drive and west of Barberton Brookside CC’s main clubhouse, the Beacon Journal reported. The club is located near the interchange of Interstate 76 and state Route 21.
“The fire was already through the roof” when firefighters arrived, Schultz said. “It is a total loss.”
Schultz said firefighters took a defensive stance in fighting the fire in the building, described as a wooden pole barn with metal framework. Fighting the fire was complicated, he added, because it was full of golf carts and other maintenance equipment.
There were several explosions but no injuries, the Beacon Journal reported, but the clubhouse was never in danger.
The Norton Fire Department called for mutual aid from several departments, Schultz said, but “the building, unfortunately, is a total loss,” he told the Beacon Journal.
Television station WKYC’s reporting on the blaze noted that firefighting crews had to truck water to the scene to battle the flames, and that Ice became a problem that impeded firefighters’ efforts.