Morning blaze injures 4 firefighters, destroys DuBois Country Club building
Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 02:12 PM EST
Reported By: Kerri Corrado
Written By: Marc Stempka
DUBOIS, Pa. -- Fire crews spent hours battling flames that lit up the night sky as a Clearfield County country club building burned, causing four firefighters to suffer injuries while trying to get the flames under control.
Firefighters were called to the DuBois Country Club at about 2 a.m. Monday for a report that the facility's main building was on fire. When crews arrived at the scene, DuBois Fire Chief John Emerick said there was fire was raging.
"City police on routine patrol noticed fire [coming] from the building," Emerick said. "We were dispatched on scene and fire was coming through the roof of the building."
Several companies from around the area were called to assist DuBois firefighters battle the smoke, flames and cold weather. As the fire continued to roar, Emerick said they had to evacuate crews from inside the building for their safety.
"The icy conditions are probably our biggest headache," Emerick said. "We put a lot of water down with the size of the fire."
No one was inside the club at the time, officials said. The cause is under investigation by DuBois police and a state police fire marshal. The estimated amount of damage was not yet known.
Four firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the flames, Emerick said. One suffered a cut to his hand, one suffered smoke inhalation and two slipped and fell on the ice. All four were treated for their injuries.
People looking for contact the club may contact them through the DuBois Chamber Office at 814-371-5010 or fax at 814-371-5005.
6 News reporter Deven Clarke is talking with the owners and working to learn more about what's next for the facility and its members. Look for his coverage beginning on 6 News at 5.