Owners Persevere After Fire at Locust Hill Golf Club

- CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Just a week ago, the Locust Hill golf club was bustling in anticipation of the spring season when an unexpected fire at the club destroyed nearly three buildings, forcing management to refocus their plans.

Dale Walter, the owner of Locust Hill said she still can't believe the damage caused by the fire.

"It was just unbelievable to look at," said Walter.

Officials with Independent Fire Company said it was one of the larger fire's they've had to battle this year. It took all seven Jefferson County fire stations and some additional help from outside the county to battle the fire that is estimated to have amounted to $1 million in damages.

"Probably about a million dollars worth of loss between the club house and the maintenance facility, and equipment and pools and golf course accessories," said Wayne Watkins, director of the grounds.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office said the cause of the fire hasn't been determined. They said this happens in cases where the heat is so intense that it destroys any trace of evidence.

The golf course wasn't affected by the fire, and management expects to have the range and the course open for customers sometime next month.

"The club house will be a little different for a while but we'll have stuff here so that people will be able to come still use the golf course," said Watkins.

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