After inspections by two fire inspectors, it appears the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club fire was started by an electrical malfunction.   Club president Steve McClaskey said Tuesday that while the exact cause has not been determined that chances are it was an electrical fire.

McClaskey was hopeful that the Harbor Room which was spared the major effects of the fire may be able to be rehabilitated and the club reopened for lunch before the end of the winter.

McClaskey said the good news is that the computer backups for the financial records of the Club were found to be in good shape in a fire safe located in the building.  He said that records of up to twenty years were preserved and this would be a big step in getting the club ready to reopen.

The Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club was established in 1960 and features an eighteen hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and rental boat slips. The club’s golf carts were spared the effects of the fire and the golf course remains open for member and guest usage. Members were playing golf at the club the day after the fire.