Fire ‘may have caused almost £1m damage’

Darren Attwood, general manager, pictured after the fire at Fort Henry, which destroyed sheds, a machinery store and workshop, six trucksters, an electric buggy and three ride-on mowers Picture: ROB CURRIE

A BLAZE which tore through the Royal Jersey Golf Club’s depot and offices at the weekend is likely to have caused almost £1 million worth of damage, a club spokesperson has said.

The fire destroyed the majority of the green-keeping sheds, offices, machinery, computer systems, safety clothing and tools at the club’s Fort Henry premises in Grouville in the early hours of Saturday.

The cause of the fire ­– described as ‘devastating’ by the club – is currently under investigation but general manager Darren Attwood said he believed it could have been started by an electrical fault.

Mr Attwood said the cost of the damage was still being estimated, but that it was likely to be in the ‘late hundreds of thousands’.

An emergency services press officer yesterday confirmed that the fire was still under investigation. However, Mr Attwood said he suspected it was caused by an electrical fault.

‘A lot of our kit is electric, especially the trucksters [utility vehicles] that the staff use to get around the course,’ he added.

Despite the incident, he stressed that the club ‘still has a golf course to run’.

‘We’ve got our pumps turned on so we can irrigate, as that was a main consideration – the next stage is to try to get some kit in from the UK temporarily, so we are speaking to our suppliers.’

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