The Harker Heights fire marshal’s office is investigating a Tuesday night blaze that heavily damaged a building that formerly housed the Lakeview Country Club golf course clubhouse on Valley Oaks Drive.
Despite freezing temperatures, members of the Harker Heights Fire Department were able to control a fire that broke out in the abandoned building at 1809 Valley Oaks Drive.
When firefighters arrived about 10 p.m., the structure was fully involved, according to Cindy Hicks, the captain on duty at the time of the fire.
“It was freezing,” Hicks said. “It took a while because of the freezing temperatures,” she said.
Hicks said were still on the scene Wednesday morning putting out hot spots. She said the building did not have any utilities and it appeared to be abandoned. The golf course is no longer in operation.
No injuries were reported.
A total of 17 firefighters were called to the scene, 11 from Harker Heights and six from Killeen, the fire department said in a news release.
Due to a partial collapse of the building’s metal roof, firefighters were unable to safely gain access to the building to completely put out the fire, according to the release.
Hicks said two EMS units, two units from the Harker Heights Fire Department and one unit from the Killeen Fire Department responded to the blaze.
Deputy Chief Brad Alley, the city’s fire marshal, is conducting the investigation into the cause of the fire.