Bendy clubhouse now merely ashes

BENDEMEER residents awoke to the news of another building fire in their district yesterday morning.

GONE: The old Bendemeer Golf Club was destroyed by fire yesterday morning. Photo: Gareth Gardner 100714GGB01

GONE: The old Bendemeer Golf Club was destroyed by fire yesterday morning. Photo: Gareth Gardner 100714GGB01

At 5am, Tamworth Fire and Rescue NSW crews and Bendemeer Rural Fire Service were called to the old golf clubhouse on Airlie Rd near the village.

The two-storey building had not been used for many years and it is understood the electricity was not connected.

The former clubhouse was well alight when fire crews arrived and was completely destroyed.

The fire started a grass fire around the building and yesterday Bendemeer RFS was working to extinguish heavy logs.

Tamworth RFS Inspector Steve Prior said a crew from Bendemeer stayed on the scene throughout 

the day to ensure everything was extinguished. The cause of the fire is being investigated. 

Meanwhile, the Rural Fire Service, SES volunteers and police are into the fourth day of a search for a Watsons Creek resident.

The man has been missing since Tuesday when his home was destroyed by fire.

Searchers scoured a new area yesterday than had been previously searched in the hope of finding the man.

The resident’s home is a crime scene with police keeping guard on the property as they continue their investigations into the incident.

Crews from East and West Tamworth attended the scene yesterday for decontamination works due to asbestos in the building.

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