An early morning blaze destroyed a golf course maintenance building and equipment at the North Reading, Mass., club on May 31. An investigation is ongoing.
An early morning fire at Thomson Country Club in North Reading, Mass., caused an estimated $1 million in damage to equipment stored in a golf course maintenance building, the Boston Herald reported.
The club is open to members because the blaze was “not near or on the golf course itself,” according to a staff member with the private establishment. There were no injuries to report during the blaze, the Herald reported.
North Reading police and fire responded to calls at about 2 a.m. on May 31. Neighbors reported multiple explosions coming from inside the burning structure, “most likely caused by maintenance equipment tires that were expanding from the high heat and exploding,” North Reading police said in a statement.
Officers went to numerous homes in the surrounding area to warn residents of the possibility of secondary fires, but there were none, the Herald reported.
The two-alarm fire finally was put out around 7:30 that morning with assistance from Middleton, Wilmington, Reading, Lynnfield and Wakefield departments, the Herald reported.
“This was basically where they kept the lawn mowers, tractors and lawn equipment for the complex,” Fire Capt. Joe Marotta said. He estimated “over $1 million” in damages to equipment stored in the metal clad barn-like structure. The investigation to determine the cause is ongoing, the Herald reported.