Lightning strike sparked fire that destroyed building, 75 golf carts

A lightning strike is believed to have sparked the fire that burned down a building, housing 75 golf carts, at Sleepy Hole Golf Course.

SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A lightning strike is believed to have sparked the fire that burned down a building, housing 75 golf carts, at Sleepy Hole Golf Course Wednesday evening.

The fire broke out just before 8 p.m. at the golf course on Sleepy Hole Road. 

When firefighters arrived they found the golf cart maintenance building in flames. The building and 75 golf carts were destroyed. 

The fire was under control by 8:40 p.m. 

No one was injured.

"It's heartbreaking," said Director, JT Belcher. "We got about $375,000 worth of carts that were destroyed."

All the golf carts were leased and insured, Belcher said.

According to Fire Marshal Lieutenant Chuck Chapin, the fire was caused by a lightning strike when strong thunderstorms moved through the area.

Many long time visitors to the course stopped by and showed support for staff. 

 "it's like a second home to me," said Chad Dunlow. 

This isn't the first time the business has seen an incident at its golf cart barn. Years ago, kids broke into the building and stole carts, driving them into a lake, Dunlow explained. 

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