ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) – A massive fire has destroyed a popular country club in St. Charles. Around 50 firefighters responded to Bogey Hills Country Club, battling flames overnight and putting out hot spots for hours Friday morning.
When Angel Walters Likens found out the building was on fire, she says her heart sank.
"The memories come to mind,” she said. “All the good times that we all have had there."
She's the general manager. Her brother and father, Dennis Walters, also work at the club. The family has owned the business for three generations - since 1962. The building has been around for even longer – since the 1920s.
Scene photos: Fire at Bogey Hills Country Club
"I’ve worked here since I was 17," Walters said. "It's emotional. I wasn't at all emotional last night but I'm tearing up a little bit today."
Firefighters got the call just before midnight. Assistant Fire Chief Steve Brown with Central County Fire and Rescue says battling the flames was challenging given the building's structure.
"Once the fire got up into the attic and into the concealed spaces there was just nothing we could do," he said.
Firefighters used so much water to put out flames and hot spots, it rolled down to green 18.
"We're just diverging the water off of the green as best as we can,” Walters Likens said. “Obviously there is a lot of water."
Firefighters were able to save some things, like bags belonging to some of the club's members. Many of them stopped by the scene to show their support.
"The support has been overwhelming,” Walters Likens said. “I can't say enough about the community, the members, especially the members."
Or the firefighters who stayed on the scene all night.
The fire department was great,” Walters said. “They got here right away and they did what they could."
The cause of the fire is under investigation but firefighters believe it started in the back of the building.
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