MADISON, W.Va – Riverview Country Club was destroyed by a fire Tuesday, November 8.
Riverview Country Club is located on Route 17 in Madison.
Captain Joey Smith from the Madison Fire Department said the call came in around 9:45 p.m.
Smith said, “The fire endangered no other buildings or lives, and was quickly deemed ‘under control’ within a short time after arriving on scene.”
According to Smith the fire was a total loss.
“Due to the building being declared a total loss by initial units, a defensive attack was performed, which means that no firefighters were permitted to enter the burning structure due to extreme danger and safety concerns for the firefighter’s wellbeing,” said Smith.
However, firefighters ran into a small complication when they went to fight this particular fire.
The bridge crossing over to the country club was too narrow and was not able to handle the weight of a fire truck said Smith.
Smith said, “The bridge was estimated by responders to handle six to eight tons; an average fire engine weighs in around 18-25 tons depending on gallons of water carried, type of truck, and equipment on the truck.”
“There is an alternate entrance through a river crossing, but this was not attempted, also due to the extreme weight of the trucks, the fear was that the engines would sink in the golf course itself,” said Smith.
According to Smith the Spruce River Fire Department brought a “mini-pumper” to use on this fire. It weighs less than a typical fire truck.
“Initial crews on the scene were able to deploy hose lines from a fire hydrant that was located on the golf course property,” said Smith.
Several fire departments were called out for Tuesday night’s fire. Smith said Boone County has a triple response which means the three closet fire departments are dispatched when there is a confirmed or suspected structure fire.
Smith said, “This particular fire response had units from Madison, Danville, Spruce River and Van Fire Departments.”
“Nothing suspicious was noted at the scene to lead us to believe any foul play was involved,” said Smith.
According to Smith the cause of the fire has not been determined.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder