I am writing to you on behalf of the Board of Directors concerning the fire at the clubhouse. On Wednesday, December 19, the Deputy Fire Marshal’s report was provided with a conclusion of an ‘undetermined’ cause.
Deputy Fire Marshal Pritchet was able to say the fire was not caused by any actions of the community (Board or Management), clubhouse renter, building HVAC system, or the fireplace service that occurred the day prior.
The fire originated and was contained within the faux chimney box that houses the zero-clearance flue for the gas fireplace. The zero-clearance flue outer section is designed to be cool to the touch as this part draws in cold air/oxygen from outside for the fire and while the inter section of the flue expels the fire’s byproducts and gases. Although the Deputy Fire Marshal’s report reflected the cause to be undetermined, the insurance company did hire an investigator. The Insurance Investigator and Attorney have hypothesized the cause to be due to a contractor putting an incorrect chimney cap on the chimney. This investigation is on-going and will be completely handled by the insurance company.
Management immediately started working with the insurance agent and contractors to begin getting the clubhouse building ready better than ever. Although the investigation is on-going, this has no affect on the rebuild/renovations of the clubhouse.
Ninety-eight percent of the damage was caused by water. This affected approximately one-third of the building from top to bottom. The contractor has agreed to work on the lower level first so that the gym can be opened as soon as possible. We hope for no disruptions but with all construction, there may be times power must be shut off, etc.
Your patience is appreciated while the rebuild is in process.