Irmo golf course open after building catches fire

07/23/2014 8:52 AM

07/23/2014 9:13 AM

A shed caught fire at the Rawl’s Creek Golf Club off of Lake Murray Boulevard Tuesday afternoon, which could have been saved by the installation of sprinklers, according to the Irmo Fire District.

Chief Fire Marshal Jeff Allen, an Irmo Fire spokesman, said an Irmo Fire unit responded to 2121 Lake Murray Boulevard around 1 p.m. and reported a heavy column of smoke and a moderate fire was coming from a 5,000-square-foot maintenance building.

Since there were no readily available fire hydrants in the area, tankers from the Lexington County Fire and Columbia-Richland Fire Departments were brought in to provide a mobile water shuttle and dump tank for water supply.

According to Allen, a preliminary investigation indicates that the fire started in the front corner of the building but the cause is still unknown. A more detailed review will be conducted with insurance investigators and forensic engineers.

Golfers were not delayed and the course is open, according to employees at the golf club,

Allen said if the building would have had one or two sprinkler heads installed during its construction, it would have put the fire out, limiting the amount of damage to the building. However, sprinklers were not a requirement when the building was constructed.

A dollar loss amount still has not been determined.

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