UPDATE: Basketball, volleyball courts closed at The Lighthouse after fire
OKLAHOMA CITY – An early morning fire erupted at a metro fitness center, damaging some sports courts and leaving kids with no place to play.
Crews said the fire started at about 6 a.m. Wednesday at Lighthouse Sports and Fitness in Oklahoma City.
“We’re feeling very sad and disappointed,” General Manager Dean Murphey said.
Smoke could be seen billowing from the basketball and volleyball courts.
Lighthouse Sports & Fitness representatives said, luckily, the fire didn’t spread from the courts to the fitness center; the two buildings are unattached.
“It was on the sports side and I knew there was nobody on this side so I was relieved,” Murphey said.
The business was in the process of making improvements, recently getting a new roof and working to replace the wooden floors.
“I think it’s probably an accident,” he said. “I don’t know anybody that would do something like this.”
The building is around 50,000 square feet with four basketball courts.
The building suffered a lot of smoke damage; however the wood floors look like they’re still intact.
“We put the fire out within 20 to 30 minutes,” Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said.
He said the crews did face challenges.
“There are some tarps hanging inside so they can still play basketball in
some of the courts and still remodel some of the other ones, so it took us a while to figure that one and ventilate the structure,” Woodard said.
With a high demand for courts, the sports complex is searching for a temporary place for people to play.
“It might take a little time, we’re not sure yet, but we’ll get it back up and running again,” Murphey said.
The courts are closed until further notice.