ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – (UPDATED 3:38 p.m. Friday) Investigators looking at the fire that destroyed the club house of the Bogey Hills Country Club rule out arson.
The Feb. 17 fire was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the St. Charles County Fire Department.
Asst. Chief Steve Brown says accelerant-sniffing dogs found no evidence of gasoline or lighter fluid in the rubble.
Brown says the cause may never be known, but one theory is the fire started on the back deck when someone carelessly discarded a smoke.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
A report on the fire that destroyed the clubhouse of the Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles County earlier this month is expected be released Friday afternoon.
The findings are still under wraps, but St. Charles Central County Assistant Fire Chief Steve Brown tells KMOX that “at no time did we find anything to indicate this was a fire that was set.” He says they were unable to process the scene in a timely and efficient manner.
However, Brown is downplaying the rumors of arson.
“Rumors and the messages on social media really kind of went the wrong direction whenever they found out that ATF was coming in on the scene,” Brown says. “And that was far from the reasoning on that.”
He says the federal bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) was brought in to help speed up the investigation.