At approximately 10:20 Friday night, 911 dispatch received a call that smoke was coming out of the roof at the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club. Units from 9 fire companies responded to the blaze. Those responding included Melfa, Onancock, Tasley, Parksley, Bloxom, Wachapreague, Painter, Exmore and Northampton. When firefighters arrived at the scene, flames were showing from the roof of the 57-year-old structure. Firefighters were able to access water from the pool and a pond located adjacent to the club building.
Employees heard the smoke alarm as they were closing for the evening. The fire spread rapidly through the roof of the structure.
It took firefighters approximately one hour to contain the fire. Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. The building was heavily damaged. We will have more information as it becomes available.