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Fire destroys clubhouse at Lake McBride Country Club

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SOLON (KWWL)-- The Lake McBride Country Club has been a staple in the community for nearly four decades.

The clubhouse was destroyed in an early morning fire Wednesday, leaving the owners of this family-run business in disbelief.

 "We kind of built this area, this clubhouse up ourselves.  So you look at all the work that went into it that you now have to recreate again," general manger Tracy Hufford said.

Hufford was awakened early Wednesday morning by a phone call from her neighbor.

"He called 9-1-1, and then called our family, and we got here before the fire department, and we could tell when we got here it was too late," Hufford said.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the clubhouse completely engulfed in flames.  Hours later, family and community members are still trying to figure out what happened.

"You wonder how it happened. What happened, and at the same time you are wondering about, okay, how are we going to continue from here?" Hufford said.

The timing of the fire comes during the course's busiest time of the year.

Hufford says staff is working to figure out how to accommodate the many events that have already been booked in the clubhouse.

"Whether we do tenting or bring in food or what, our first concern is to help those families rearrange their plans."

Many of the golf club's members were on hand to show their support Wednesday.  Many say clubhouse or not, they'll be ready to tee it up when the course reopens Thursday morning.

"You can rebuild buildings and I think the spirit and the community getting behind again and supporting Lake McBride Golf Course will come back stronger than ever," Don Ellis said, a member at the Country Club.

The clubhouse was remodeled in 1999 to double its size.  The nine hole golf course has been at Lake Macbride since 1972. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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