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Clubhouse destroyed by fire

Raw video from the fire at Shannon Lake.

A fire has destroyed the clubhouse at Shannon Lake Golf Course, flames were shooting 10 metres into the air at the height of the blaze.

The fire appeared to start on the side of the clubhouse closest to the water then it quickly spread to the front of the building.

Several stations were called in to fight the inferno. RCMP were keeping people away from the building as small explosions reverberated from the clubhouse. BC Ambulance had two units stationed at the scene.

The fire started at around 1 a.m., when fire crews arrived the building was already fully engulfed.

Neighbours were using garden hoses on dry stands of timber to try and stop any fire from creeping onto their properties.

"We leapt out of bed and started grabbing hoses, that's all you can do," says Lorin Wolfe.

It was Wolfe's wife who called 911, his property is the closest to the clubhouse.

"Just keep trying to wet it down, fortunately there is no wind, I'm just concerned about the sparks."

"I can't believe how it ripped through the whole place," says Wolfe as he acts like a human sprinkler dousing the forest around his home with water.

Some people said they thought the fire crews were a little slow, but not Gavin Tout.

"They saved our asses in Glenrosa, they saved our asses in Trepanier, these guys are the best of the best. It's a contained fire in the middle of a residential area that could have got completely out of control, these guys come in here right quick and everything is taken care of," says Tout, who has been golfing at Shannon Lake for years.

A lot of embers were being pushed upward from the flames, but fire fighters managed to contain the loss to the one main building.

RCMP, firemen and staff saved a number of golf carts that were parked near the clubhouse by rolling them away from the scorching flames.

The roof was quickly burned off and then the walls began to cave-in, the clubhouse is a complete loss. 

The crews were in mop-up stage by 3:15.

 The fire is under investigation.

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