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Tue. 9:23 a.m.: Morning fire destroys storage barn at former Cortland golf course

Cortland Fire Chief David Rea walks walking around the burned out maintenance building at the former Walnut Creek golf course this morning to take photos of what was left. The building is a total loss. (Staff photo / Ed Runyan)

CORTLAND — A 6:30 a.m. fire destroyed a storage barn at the former Walnut Run golf course on Everett Hull Road this morning. The state fire marshal’s office sent an investigator to the scene, and he began to investigate at about 9 a.m.

A person driving down state Route 11 reported the fire, Cortland fire officials said.

The fire was still smoking at 9 a.m., but fire officials were waiting for the go-head from the fire marshal’s investigator before putting out the rest of the hot spots and smoke.

The fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived, Cortland Fire Chief David Rea said. No one was injured. The fire was under control by 6:52 a.m. The Bazetta and Howland fire departments assisted.

The barn was empty, and none of the golf course buildings were occupied, fire officials said.

When Cortland police arrived, they found the structure fully involved. Police also found a man walking east on Everett Hull covered in mud. He told officers he had frostbite, but authorities were checking him for possible burns. After further investigation when they brought him to the scene, the report stated the man did not have injuries connected to the fire.

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