Club house severely damaged by fire

Front and rear views of the fire this morning at Windmill Hill Golf Centre in Bletchley.

19 April 2007

Fire severely damaged the club house at Windmill Hill Golf Centre in Bletchley this morning. Most of the first floor was destroyed, but firefighters managed to prevent the blaze from spreading to the club shop and spent several hours salvaging stock.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service was called to the club's premises in Tattenhoe Lane at 5.47am. A total of 11 appliances and specialist vehicles attended, including two turntable ladders. Crews came from Great Holm, Bletchley, Broughton, Aylesbury, Luton and Leighton Buzzard. At its peak, about 60 firefighters and officers were at the scene

Group Manager Ian Taylor, Incident Commander, said: “When we arrived there was a well developed fire on the first floor in the bar and restaurant area.

"Although the middle and one end have been gutted, the crews worked really hard to create a fire break to prevent the fire from spreading to the other end of the building where the club shop and the larger of the club's two function rooms are located."

A cordon was set up around the building because it was feared that one of the walls was about to collapse.

Fire investigation officers from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and scenes-of-crime officers from Thames Valley Police are carrying out an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Fire crews will remain at the scene for the rest of the day to carry out reinspections and search for hotspots.