Fire Destroys Lochearn Community Club Swimming Pool On Its Opening Day

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A devastating fire burned to the ground Lochearn Community Club Swimming Pool on what was supposed to be the Opening Day for its 62nd season.

Brian Pinkney has been a volunteer swim coach at the facility for 21 years. Over the last few weeks, he’s been working with members to get the swim club ready for Opening Day.

“I still have some marks on my thumb from raking weeks prior,” he said.

But those efforts have since been halted as investigators try to determine what caused the fire. Flames tore through the main office – built in the 1950’s – which housed the locker rooms and all of the pool equipment.

It also destroyed mementos, awards and memorabilia from over the years.

Pinkney said the silver lining, though, has been the incredible response from the community.

“Tributes and the testimony that they’ve put on our Facebook page and GoFundMe page. It brings tears to your eyes,” he said.

See CBS Local

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