$1M in fire damage at Stevinson Ranch

tmiller@mercedsunstar.comJuly 29, 2013 

— An early morning fire did more than $1 million in damage at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club in Stevinson, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Gabriel Santos.

Cal Fire received a call at 1:56 a.m. Thursday from the golf club's alarm service after a smoke alarm went off, Santos said.

When firefighters arrived, the clubhouse at 2700 Van Clief Road was ablaze, Santos said. The flames were concentrated in the kitchen and pro shop.

Santos said the fire destroyed much of the food product and golf equipment inside the kitchen and pro shop, as well as the structure in those areas.

"It's a very high dollar loss," he said.

All of the clubhouse's employees had gone home for the night, Santos said.

Mike Shapiro, the controller for Stevinson Ranch, said portable trailers will be temporarily used as a clubhouse while the building undergoes repairs.

"It's an unfortunate situation," Shapiro said, adding the golf course will not slow down. "We had people golfing at 7:30 (Thursday morning)."

Shapiro said the damage to the building may exceed the estimates of firefighters. More than $100,000 of golf equipment and other inventory was destroyed, he said.

Shapiro said the flames originated in the kitchen, adding that the golf course has not had any previous fires.

Firefighters were at the scene of the blaze for nearly seven hours, Santos said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Five Cal Fire engines, two water tenders, a rescue unit and a chief officer accompanied the 18 firefighters who fought the blaze.

The Stevinson Ranch Golf Club is nationally recognized and the winner of a slew of awards. The Savannah Course at Stevinson Ranch was used in 1996 and 1997 as a U.S. Open Championship qualifier.

Reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or at tmiller@mercedsunstar.com.

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