Arson suspected at Golf St. Lazare

Raffy Boudjikanian
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The Golf St. Lazare's clubhouse, which also houses its driving range and mini-putt operations on Cité des Jeunes Street in St. Lazare, was burned down in what Sûreté du Québec is calling a "suspicious fire" on Sunday overnight. "There are certain elements which make us think it could be arson," said SQ sergeant Ronald McInnis. "I can't say much more because the nature of the investigation is ongoing," he said.

McInnis said the SQ received a telephone call at 12:46 a.m. Monday morning about the fire. "The loss is estimated to be about $150,000," he said.

For Kevin Bracken, the Pointe Claire resident who co-owns the club, the fire means a total loss on the building. "They'll have to tear it down," he said.

While the regular golf course remains open, the driving range is now shut down. "They said they'll need at least a week to tear the building down," said Bracken.

He added he would try to negotiate with St. Lazare to open a portable office afterward to house the driving range.

Bracken was at a loss as to why anyone would want to burn down a golf clubhouse. "I have no idea," he said.

He said the SQ found traces of a fire accelerant in the ravaged building's ruins.

According to him, around 50 per cent of Golf St. Lazare's clientele is from the West Island area.

Organizations: Sûreté du Québec

Geographic location: Jeunes Street, Pointe Claire, West Island

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