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Fire crews put out golf course building fire

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published June 22, 2016

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It was hardly par for the course for the Sterling Heights Fire Department when firefighters put out a building fire caused by a flaming golf cart at Plum Brook Golf Club June 12.

According to Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin, Fire Engine No. 1 arrived at the golf course just after 7 p.m. after the department heard that a golf cart was on fire.

Martin said the golf cart reportedly malfunctioned while it was out on the golf course.

“I’m pretty sure it was mechanical,” Martin said. “It started smoking, and then the maintenance guy took it, and that’s when it caught on fire.”

The cart was brought to a golf cart storage building, and while the cart was fully ablaze, the wind blew the flames from the cart onto the building, causing the fire to spread, Martin said.

The Fire Department reported that it took about a half hour for crews from four fire stations to put out the fire, and an additional overhaul and cleanup process lasted three hours and included the help of the Department of Public Works.

“You just got to get a lot of water on it,” Martin said.  “It was a big structure. They dropped about four different hose lines to put it out.”

Fire officials said the building — about 20 feet by 60 feet — was ruined, as were around four golf carts. However, the golf course’s clubhouse was not endangered by the fire, according to the report.

Although it wasn’t an official figure, Martin estimated that the structural damage and the damaged carts totaled to around $50,000. He added that the golf course was open the next day.

Anyone who has more information about this incident may contact the Sterling Heights Fire Department by calling (586) 446-2950.

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