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The Times
  • Storage shed, golf carts damaged by fire

  • Fire ripped through a storage shed housing golf carts at the Little Falls Municipal Golf Course on Wednesday evening.

    Little Falls Fire Chief Robert Parese said the fire was reported to emergency responders around 9 p.m. and that the building was already “heavily involved with fire and heavy smoke” when firefighters arrived at the scene on East Monroe Street.

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  • Fire ripped through a storage shed housing golf carts at the Little Falls Municipal Golf Course on Wednesday evening.
    Little Falls Fire Chief Robert Parese said the fire was reported to emergency responders around 9 p.m. and that the building was already “heavily involved with fire and heavy smoke” when firefighters arrived at the scene on East Monroe Street.
    “It was a pretty easy fire. Once we gained access to the building, it went out pretty easily,” said Parese during a telephone interview on Thursday.
    Firefighters had control of the blaze in about ten minutes.
    Parese said no injuries were reported.
    He said the golf carts inside the storage shed were parked against the walls, which left a path down the middle of the building, making it easier to “clean hot spots.”
    Don Pawluk, general manager of the golf course, said the building was a total loss and that 24 golf carts were destroyed in the blaze. He said the storage shed was constructed in the early 1960s when the golf course was first built.
    Pawluk said the fire is under investigation, but said it may have been electrical. Parese said fire investigators are concentrating on one section of the building where the most damage was done.
    According to the website www.cityoflittlefalls.net, the municipal golf course “rests atop the highest [hills], offering rolling fairways, magnificent greens, beautiful flowers and evergreens and a stunning view of the valley below.” The website also stated it is the only municipally-owned golf course in the area, “which allows us to keep membership and green fees very affordable.”
    There is also a pro shop and clubhouse on the grounds of the nine-hole course.
    The East Herkimer Fire Department assisted by covering the Little Falls Fire Station. The department had its own call to respond to nearly seven hours later when a fire left a residence at 506 McKennan Rd. in the town of Herkimer with “significant damage.”

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