BLOOMFIELD TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) — Firefighters were able to save some memorabilia from the Oakland Hills Country Club, officials said Thursday.
"They pulled that memorabilia out and handed it off to the club members at the front door," Bloomfield Township Fire Chief John LeRoy said.
Chief LeRoy said that since the fire was in the attic when they arrived, they were able to locate some items quickly and get them out.
Update on memorabilia from Oakland Hills: Firefighters worked to save some items.— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) February 17, 2022
"They pulled that memorabilia out and handed it off to the club members at the front door," Bloomfield Township fire chief John LeRoy said. pic.twitter.com/mjc0X8z06E
"While it was going on, the fire department had a team that was able to get into the building and the employees formed a line out the building and several of our most prized artifacts have been … recovered,” said Rick Palmer, Oakland Hills Country Club president.
This is incredible 🥲 a silver lining from a devastating day.— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) February 17, 2022
DURING the fire, the staff inside @oaklandhillscc partnered w/ the fire crews to form a human line, to hand off and save as many historical artifacts as they could before the fire engulfed the clubhouse. pic.twitter.com/aLp8u2508F
Officials say the Thursday fire at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township has caused "extensive" damage.
We're told the fire started around 10 a.m. Thursday morning and the roof of the clubhouse collapsed around 11 a.m.
No injuries were reported.
The club is among the most historic in Michigan and is more than 100 years old.
It opened in 1916 and had hosted more than a dozen major championships in that time on its South Course. Recently, the South Course underwent a massive restoration project and just reopened to the members in the summer 2021.