Fire at Bluffton course destroys dozens of golf carts

achristnovich@beaufortgazette.comFebruary 22, 2013 

A fire burned through a shed Friday night at Eagle's Pointe Golf Course in Bluffton, destroying 50 to 75 golf carts.

The Bluffton Township Fire District was called to the fire at about 7:30 p.m., according to Capt. Randy Hunter.

Though the fire was under control by 8:15, firefighters had to continue spraying the ruins with thick, white flame-retardant foam because of battery acid from the carts, Hunter said. There were no injuries.

As of 10 p.m., fire investigators could not get close enough to the shed to start investigating the cause and origin of the fire because of smoldering debris, Hunter said. It also hadn't been determined what time the fire started, he said.

Brent Carlson, the course's general manager, declined to comment because he had not yet spoken with authorities at Textron Financial Corp., the company that owns Eagle's Pointe. That company also owns Crescent Pointe Golf Course, which is about four miles southeast off U.S. 278.

Both courses have been for sale since 2009, according to news reports.

This is the second fire at a cart shed in southern Beaufort County since November.

A cart shed at a golf course on Hilton Head Island burned down Nov. 26. That fire, at Bear Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation, was caused by arson and destroyed 52 golf carts, authorities have said.

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