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DuBois Country Club dealing with devastating fire

Reported By: Deven Clarke
Written By: Marc Stempka

DUBOIS, Pa. -- Leaders at a Clearfield County country club are working to figure out what to do next following a fire that destroyed their main building, and what to do to help those who have booked the facility for events, some now just days away.

Firefighters were called to the DuBois Country Club on Lakeside Drive in DuBois at about 2 a.m., officials said. A passing police officer on patrol saw the fire and called for the fire department. DuBois Fire Chief John Emerick said Monday morning by the time crews arrived, the fire was growing.

"We were dispatched on scene and fire was coming through the roof of the building," Emerick said. "The icy conditions [were] probably our biggest headache. We put a lot of water down with the size of the fire."

The building that housed reception facilities, the Tannery Bar and Grill and other things, was all but destroyed the fast-moving fire that kept crews busy for hours.

DuBois Country Club Board President Ron Lykens said the club was active in the community and the Tannery had just undergone a remodel and was repainted.

"We are so devastated, but so happy that there was no loss of life," said club event coordinator Vicki Spicher.

Four firefighters were injured while battling the flames, but none sustained serious injuries, Emerick said. One cut his hand, another firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and two fell on the ice that formed at the scene.

Lykens said staff will be doing all they can to make sure those who've booked club facilities for events find another venue. He said weddings were planned just about every weekend, plus a boxing match and golf matches.

"We will be setting up a temporary office and phone number and will become available as soon as possible," Spicher said. "Those who have my cell, feel free to call me, and we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs, especially the weddings."

Anyone else looking to contact the club can do so through the DuBois Chamber Office at 814-341-5010 of fax at 814-371-5005.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the DuBois police and a state police fire marshal.

 
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