A raging fire Thursday morning destroyed a large part of the clubhouse at famed Oakland Hills Country Club near Detroit.
Firefighters from Bloomfield Township and Southfield fire departments were called around 10 a.m. and local reports say every firefighter from Bloomfield Township was on the scene battling the blaze.
“At this point, the core of this building right in front of us, is almost a total loss,” John LeRoy, Bloomfield Township Fire Chief, told reporters shortly after 1 p.m.. “What you see here is the entire center of the building has sustained extensive damage. And right now the two end wings of the building, we’re trying to stop it from extending into those ends of the building.
“The clubhouse, the restaurant, all of the offices, the kitchen. All of those facilities are directly in the center of the building.”
How Did The Oakland Hills Country Club Fire Start?
The cause of the fire is currently unknown. There were no injuries, with a club official emailing members that “everyone got out OK,” according to the Detroit News.
The clubhouse, which was completed in 1922, housed irreplaceable memorabilia of national championships at Oakland Hills and artwork, some of which goes back a century. Initial reports are that those items are likely to be destroyed as will the central part of the clubhouse.