Second Fire in Two Days Destroys Country Club in West Hartford, CT

April 22, 2024
West Hartford Fire Chief Greg Priest said crews found fire through the roof of the previously damaged building.

Jessica Bravo

New Haven Register, Conn.


Apr. 21—WEST HARTFORD — Fire officials are investigating a blaze that destroyed the Wampanoag Country Club — the second fire reported at the club in as many days.

At 2:18 a.m. on Sunday, dispatchers received reports of a fire at the country club, which "had sustained a fire the previous night," according to West Hartford Fire Chief Greg Priest.

Priest said that flames could be seen through the roof when firefighters arrived to the scene. Given the state of the fire, Priest said units "called for a defensive attack" and fought the blaze from the exterior. He said firefighters believe nobody was inside the building even though "contractor vehicles and generators related to fire restoration from the previous night were present."

Several fire departments from surrounding towns and other first responders were at the scene, and by around 4 a.m., the bulk of the fire was put out, Priest said. He added that units were still on scene as of 6 a.m. Sunday for "ongoing suppression efforts" at the site.

"Currently, the cause of tonight's fire is under investigation by the West Hartford Fire Marshal's office, the West Hartford Police Department, and the CT State Police Fire Explosion and Investigation Unit," Priest said.

Priest said that Wampanoag Drive is still closed as officials remain at the scene. He did not say how long he expected the area to be closed, but did say it would be closed for an "an extended period."


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