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Nick Stoner clubhouse destroyed in Sunday blaze

CAROGA — Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course clubhouse, a building that was more than a century old, was destroyed in a fire on Sunday.

The Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. responded to the fire at the golf course at about 8 a.m., and upon arrival, Chief Howard Dutcher said the clubhouse was fully engulfed in flames and had been burning for 30 to 45 minutes before the call was made.

“It is a total loss due to the head start and the winds,” Dutcher said. “The building is also over 100-years-old.”

Also responding to the scene to assist with the fire were Meco Volunteer Fire Company and the Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Fire Company.

Fire crews remained had the fire mostly extinguished by noon, but remained on scene until 7 p.m. to put out hot spots and for investigation.

First responders were again called to the scene at 3 a.m. on Monday for hot spots, and were there until about 5:30 a.m.

“The fire started roughly in the pro shop area,” Dutcher said.

However, the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Fulton County Fire Investigation Team and the state fire investigation team, who were at the scene on Sunday.

Dutcher said there hadn’t been anyone inside the building since Saturday at 1 p.m., so no one was inside when the fire started. He said there were no injuries.

Also responding to the fire on Sunday was the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

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