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Wakefield (NH) Fire Department | BDN
Wakefield (NH) Fire Department | BDN
Fire ripped through Province Lake Golf Club in Parsonsfield during the nor'easter that swept through Maine Wednesday and Thursday.
By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune

PARSONSFIELD, Maine — Firefighters from several communities in northern York Country and from neighboring departments in New Hampshire fought a blaze at Province Lake Golf Club overnight.

Fire swept through the clubhouse, pro shop and restaurant according to a Province Lake Golf Club social media posting early this morning.

The club, at 18 Mountain Road, was about to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

“We will try to make sense of this and then we will do what we do best,” management said on the club’s social media page. “We will make plans, we will stand together. We were planning our 100-year anniversary celebrations and eventually we will plan for 101. Golf will go on, tournaments will be played, brides will get married and eventually we will gather again and share meals and drinks and companionship. “

The fire was reported Wednesday evening, at the height of a nor’easter snowstorm. Firefighters from Parsonsfield, Newfield, Limerick, Cornish, Acton, Shapleigh and the Ross Corner Fire Company in Maine and Wakefield (New Hampshire) Fire Department were called to help, whether by fighting the fire or providing station coverage.

“Like many of you we either went to bed or woke up with the horrible news that fire had swept through the PLG Clubhouse, Pro Shop and Restaurant,” according to the statement by the club. “When we were notified our golf, grounds (teams) and the food and beverage team came through the storm. We shed a lot of tears, huddled together and watched as fire ravaged our second home. We did it as a family, like we do when we work every day.”

“This post is emotional,” the statement continued. “We are emotional. We are raw, broken hearted and hurt. Standing in the snow watching a fire rip away what we have worked so hard for and cherish took pieces of us with it.”

“Tonight, we will sleep. We will shed more tears and try to rest. And then we will get up and we will gather again.”

“For the next few days please let us regroup, grieve a bit and make our plans,” the statement continued. “We will reach out as we can, we have lost our computer systems and our group emails but will post here as we know more. If you’re a bride and groom, we will give you a wonderful wedding day, if you’re hosting a tournament, it will go on. We lost a piece of history but not PLG itself.”

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