The clubhouse at Tiger Point Golf Club in Gulf Breeze is closed today after catching fire Tuesday night. The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, according to Midway Fire District Chief Jonathan Kanzigg.
“There seems to be no obvious start to the fire,” Kanzigg said. “But the state fire marshal is on his way to investigate and determine what happened.”
Kanzigg said Midway received the call at around 6:40 p.m. and arrived on the scene just before 7 p.m. He said it took the fire department four to five minutes to get water on the blaze.
Fire departments from Escambia County, Gulf Breeze, Navarre Beach, Holley-Navarre, Pensacola Beach and Avalon also assisted at the scene.
Smoke billowed from the front of the building as firefighters emerged after battling the fire for nearly an hour before it was finally extinguished. They cooled off by drinking from water bottles and wearing cold towels around their necks as they sat in the parking lot of the golf course.
Two employees were present at the time the fire started; neither was injured. However, Kanzigg said two firefighters sustained injuries. One hurt his arm and the other firefighter’s injury was heat-related.
“The heat was very intense at the front of the building when we entered and there was smoke throughout,” Kanzigg said. “It seemed like the fire burned in confined spaces. We believe it may have started on the second floor.”
It is unclear whether the course is open. Calls to the golf pro and the pro shop were immediately disconnected.