News // Investigators look for cause of Oakland Hills Country Club fire (

It was one of Michigan’s largest wooden structures and modeled after George Washington’s historic mansion at Mount Vernon.

More than 24 hours after Thursday’s momentous fire that destroyed the historic Oakland Hills County Club clubhouse, firefighters were still pouring water Friday afternoon on “hot spots,” trying to keep the piles of century-old timbers from reigniting.

They’d spent the entire night on the scene at Maple Road just east of Telegraph in the heart of Oakland County’s affluence, officials said Friday. At the same time, local firefighting veterans were looking ahead.

The Bloomfield Township Fire Department was forming a team of inspectors, to include experts from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and from multiple insurers that are said to have provided coverage for the venerable clubhouse. Bloomfield Township Fire Marshal Peter Vlahos predicted they’d end up conducting “one of the most extensive investigations that I’ve ever been involved…

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