Eagle Creek fire causes $500,000 in damage

Norwalk fire chief says cause of "rapidly-moving" fire is undetermined.
Scott Seitz2
Jul 18, 2014

UPDATE: Golf carts were delivered to Eagle Creek early this morning following Thursday's night's fire.

Eagle Creek has been operating as normal today.

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A golf-cart storage shed was destroyed by fire late Thursday night at Eagle Creek Golf Club.

Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson was first on the scene at 9:46 p.m.

(NOTE: To see pictures of the fire, click HERE.)

"About 30 seconds after I arrived, the center of the roof collapsed," the chief said. "We then attacked the fire from a defensive position. The biggest challenge was getting all the water set up."

North Fairfield, Huron River, Townsend and Milan Township fire departments all provided mutual aid.

Between 45,000 and 50,000 gallons of water were used to fight the fire.

About 70 golf carts and other golf-course maintenance items housed in the shed were destroyed.

Soisson said the total amount of damage was $500,000, including the building and contents.

Once the portable ponds and fill stations were set up on-scene, firefighters applied water from safe positions, the chief said.

"There were no injuries," Soisson said. "The cause of the fire is undetermined, but it is not suspicious.

"It was a rapidly-moving fire. With fiberglass like that, it accelerates quickly," he added.

Eagle Creek is located at 2406 New State Road.

"We had Mark Schaffer bring a backhoe down and pick up the debris and move it," Soisson said, adding this permitted firefighters to address possible smoldering areas.

"Our biggest concern was safety," the chief said. "But, we hate to see a good business like Eagle Creek experience a loss.

"We also really appreciate the mutual aid from other departments," Soisson said. "Milan Township covered the station and our response area while we were at the fire. We are very fortunate to have other departments drop anything they are doing to come and help us."

According to the report, firefighters cleared the scene at 3 a.m.

Only the charred remains of the electric golf carts plus two other maintenance carts could be seen at dawn Friday morning at Eagle Creek.

Eagle Creek’s Director of Golf Dave Weisenberger was on the phone quickly to have the Lake Erie Golf Cart Company deliver a fleet of carts to replace the ones lost.