DALLAS (AP) - A fire that destroyed a clubhouse under
construction at the Dallas National Golf Club, causing an estimated
$1.5 million in damage, was intentionally set, investigators said.
Officials would not say how the fire started, but Tom Crowley, a
spokesman with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said
they were sure it wasn't an accident.
Crowley told Tuesday's editions of The Dallas Morning News that
the ATF usually helps investigate a fire when it causes more than
$1 million in damage.
Last week's fire at the 25,000-square-foot clubhouse took about
60 firefighters more than an hour to extinguish. There were no
injuries.
Club officials said they will rebuild. The clubhouse had been
scheduled to open in September, but now probably won't open until
January.
The golf course opened in August and was created by renowned
designer Tom Fazio.
Members include Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, Fort
Worth billionaire Richard Rainwater and former Dallas Cowboys
quarterback Roger Staubach.

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