WEST LIBERTY, Iowa — The West Liberty Gun Club will be closed indefinitely after fire damaged the building Monday afternoon.
Around 3 p.m., two members of the gun club saw smoke billowing from the building as they arrived to practice. Club president David Kelzenberg said the two immediately called the fire department.
Chief Robbie Rock of the West Liberty Fire Department said that when firefighters arrived, flames were coming out of the roof.
Rock said the department is investigating the cause of the fire but Kelzenberg said the two members believe it was in the corner of the building near a wood-burning stove.
The fire destroyed the 15-lane, 50-foot indoor shooting range and the club’s classroom area.
Rock said the building is a total loss. He estimates the damage is around $200,000.
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Kelzenberg said the club, which has approximately 200 members, has nine outdoor ranges that weren’t affected by the fire.