West Richland Golf Course Clubhouse Destroyed After FirePosted: Updated:
WEST RICHLAND, Wash.-- At six in the morning firefighters were called out to the West Richland Golf Course Clubhouse.
"We had fire at multiple locations in the structure," said A.J. Hill, Fire Commissioner for Benton County Fire District Four.
By 10:00 a.m. that fire was still burning, and by noon what was left of the building was finally torn down.
"You just think about all the employees and their families that are going to be affected by this, the members, but Michelle, one thing about her is that she is tough," said Chris Johnson, an employee at the Clubhouse.
Michelle Marcum, course owner and manager of the clubhouse, was there as firefighters tried digging up what they could.
"So far just some burnt up cash and coin, but mainly there's not very much left after," said Marcum.
Firefighters say there were several fires burning inside the clubhouse. Some were near the bar and kitchen area.
They're calling this a red flag, but for Michelle it's a different story.
"I wouldn't think there's anything suspicious, Susanna had to unlock the door, so it wasn't open when she came in this morning, so there's nothing for me to suspect that there was something suspicious about the fire," said Marcum.
For now it's just a waiting game, until firefighters figure out the cause. For members it's a loss that hits close to home.
"I've been a member here for 25 years, it's our home away from home," said Bill Neylon, a clubhouse member.
It's also a place Michelle Marcum fought hard to keep open.
"You know what Michelle's been through a lot, gone through a flood, a battle to purchase the place, and now this," said Johnson.
"Michelle this was her life, just her life, she had nothing else," said Neylon.
"I appreciate everyone's support and everyone's help, I just hope that I can get this taken care of as soon as possible," said Marcum.