Fire at Blendon Pines Gun Club destroys shop, clubhouse

BLENDON TWP. – Fire crews battled a blaze for more than two hours Wednesday at the Blendon Pines Gun Club after a lawn mower on the club’s front porch caught on fire.

That’s according to the Blendon Township gun club’s owner, Russ Grasman, who said he had just mowed a patch of grass and turned the engine off. Fifteen minutes later, his son di lui yelled for him, saying he saw smoke.

“It was engulfed in flames and the whole corner of the building was gone,” Grasman said, pointing his hands over his head, showing that the fire was taller than him at that point. He used up his fire extinguisher before having to leave the building for safety.

The building housed a full gun store, a clubhouse, a banquet facility and a garage. More than 200 guns were stored in the building, mostly shotguns, and accompanying ammunition.

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