Blaze de­stroys golf carts and mow­ers

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

A green­keeper’s shed stor­ing golf carts and mow­ers went up in flames at the Thames Golf Club on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

The fire that rav­aged the shed on the golf course on State High­way 26 was be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious, Waikato spe­cial­ist fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor Kevin Holmes said.

Neigh­bours no­ticed the blaze and alerted fire au­thor­i­ties around 2.40am.

By the time the first crews from Thames ar­rived the 10 by six me­tre struc­ture not far from the club house was in flames.

‘‘It’s gut­ted,’’ Holmes said. ’’One end of it is closed and had golf clubs stored in there - that’s the end that is com­pletely de­stroyed.

‘‘The other end had a trac­tor and mower which has been dam­aged.’’

Thames Fire Brigade Se­nior Sta­tion Of­fi­cer Shane Brom­ley said two crews from Thames, along with a truck and tanker from Puriri at­tended the fire.

‘‘When we ar­rived the build­ing was well alight.’’

The fire was brought un­der con­trol pretty quickly, but fire crews were on­site for about two and a half hours. Four golf carts, a trac­tor and other green­keep­ing im­ple­ments were de­stroyed.

‘‘It’s a shame. Some of the older peo­ple who have worked all their lives, who play, and can’t get around that much now have no carts.’’

At this stage there was no ex­act cause of the blaze, but it was be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious, Holmes said.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions were be­ing done on Thurs­day.

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