Fire destroys electric golf carts
MELTED fibreglass and charred metal are all that remains of 20 electric golf carts that were destroyed after fire ripped through a storage shed at Yamba Golf Club on Wednesday night.
Yamba Fire Brigade captain Alan Brooks said brigades from Maclean and Yamba were called to the club around 10.30pm.
Mr Brooks said when fire crews arrived the shed housing the privately owned carts was well alight.
Fire crews took around an hour to extinguish the blaze as club secretary manager Greg Acret, who was called to the scene, watched on in disappointment.
Mr Brooks said due to the fibreglass construction of the golf carts firefighters had to wear breathing apparatus to battle the flames.
Mr Brooks and Mr Acret said an electrical fault in the shed was the likely cause of the fire.
"Where the fire appears to have started, all that's left is a metal frame," Mr Acret said.
"Nobody could get inside the shed to do anything and there was no evidence outside the shed of anything."
Mr Acret said the damage to the shed would be covered by the club's insurance but not the golf carts.
"It is the owner's responsibility to insure their carts and the club informs them of that."
He said the carts in the shed ranged from old vehicles worth around $2000 each to some worth around $7000.
"The shed itself, being steel construction, can be saved but inside it's all melted fibreglass and batteries," Mr Acret said.
Forensic services police from Coffs Harbour were on the scene yesterday investigating the cause of the fire.