Fire burns controversial Escondido Country Club

Crews battle fire at Escondido Country Club
Crews battle fire at Escondido Country Club
Crews battle fire at Escondido Country Club
Posted at 6:35 AM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 21:25:08-05

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - A fire erupted at the old Escondido Country Club Wednesday morning, burning down its clubhouse but causing no injuries or threat to nearby homes.

At about 5:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a blaze burning at the building in the 1800 block of West Country Club Lane, near Golden Circle Drive.

10News learned the clubhouse caught fire for unknown reasons and the roof of the structure collapsed. Firefighters did not enter the structure for safety reasons, choosing to fight the flames from truck ladders.

Fire officials told 10News that crews planned to let the fire burn out as it did not pose a threat to other structures.

Earlier this month, the Escondido City Council voted in favor of redeveloping the 109 acres of land where the country club sits.

The country club was closed in 2013 when it was purchased by a new owner with plans to build 380 homes. The Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization fought to keep the project from moving forward.

RELATED: Escondido City Council votes to move forward for country club revamp

The issue raised quite a stink in 2014 when the county fined the owner for slapping down five tons of raw chicken manure to keep the grass green.

Despite the club being closed, some nearby residents told 10News they have seen frequent foot traffic in and around the building.

Fire departments from Escondido, Carlsbad, San Marcos, and Vista were all assisting in fighting the fire.