Blaze destroys golf carts and mowers
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.