Braceville fire at golf course becomes costly

Braceville and other area fire departments were called out Sunday afternoon to equipment building fire at the Riverview Golf Course on state Route 82 SW. Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland

BRACEVILLE — Golf carts, lawn mowers and tractors were destroyed in a Sunday afternoon fire at a maintenance and equipment storage building at Riverview Golf Club Driving Range, 3903 state Route 82 SW.

Braceville Fire Department crews were called out at 1:30 p.m. to the blaze as several people reported seeing smoke and flames coming from the roof of the building, located a few hundred yards west of the main golf course building.

Scott Gintert, general manager, said he was taking his brother, Fred, who was visiting for the week, to the airport when he received the call of the fire.

He said when he returned, crews were at the scene and the fire was out. The back of the building was damaged and six golf carts, six lawn mowers, and four tractors destroyed, Gintert said.

“A lot of what we keep in the building is for fall. We have leaf blowers and other equipment we use in the fall. I know we lost some golf carts stored in there,” he said.

Gintert said the was thankful no person was injured.

Cause of the fire is under investigation, but the building is total loss. A fire inspector was called to the scene. Gintert said he suspects the fire may have been due to the building’s wiring. There were no injuries.

People were golfing at the time of the fire and could see the fire nearby. The golf course will be open today.

The building sits behind several residential homes in the 3900 block of state Route 82. Several residents reported seeing the blaze from their backyards.

Assisting Braceville were crews from Warren Township, Newton Falls Joint Fire District, Champion, Southington and Windham Joint Fire District.

The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene to assist with traffic