SPRINGFIELD, NJ - One firefighter was injured yesterday afternoon while battling a fire on the third floor of Baltusrol Golf Club's famous clubhouse.
According to Springfield Fire Chief Carlo Palumbo, the department received first received notification of the fire at 11:16 p.m., arriving on scene at 11:20. Palumbo also said that it took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control.
Springfield firefighters were joined by crews from Millburn, Summit, Union, Roselle, Westfield, Elizabeth, Cranford and Hillside in fighting the blaze. Additionally, Union County Emergency Management Services (EMS) was also on hand.
Along with the fire department, Springfield police, EMS and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) were also on the scene. At press time, the cause of the fire was still under investigation. Palumbo said that the club would release a statement with any further information they deemed necessary at a future point.
Built in 1909, the current clubhouse was a replacement for the original, which had caught fire and burned down that same year. It was designed by Chester H. Kirk, a member of the club at the time. The building structure itself has undergone several alterations, but the main structure has remained mostly the same.
Baltusrol Golf Club has hosted several major championships, most recently the 2016 PGA championship which was won by Jimmy Walker. The club will host the tournament again on schedule in 2029, and will play host to the Women’s PGA Championship for the first time in 2023.