The clubhouse at Windtree Golf Course burned to the ground early Saturday morning. The golf course has been closed since late 2017.
Mt. Juliet Fire Chief Jamie Luffman said he was alerted to the fire around 8 a.m. but that the fire had already been burning for hours.
Luffman said that any evidence of the origin of the fire would have been lost due to the extent of damage, but that it is likely due to electrical issues since power was still connected. The power lines that dropped from the building also ignited some grass around the building, but Luffman said it was not a threat to the surrounding woods.
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation shut off power to the building Saturday.
“Any clues that would have given us cause and origin of the fire were consumed by the fire because it got to progress all the way to the decaying stages of fire,” said Luffman.
According to Luffman, MTEMC lost the signal to the electric service meter at the clubhouse and dispatchers discovered the fire was already fully involved, the building completely consumed.
“Everything was destroyed … what you had left was just burning embers,” he said.
Department officials also said that one private fire hydrant on the site was out of service, and the closest in-service hydrant was a mile away.
No civilian or emergency responders reported injuries.