FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) — Officials learned the Thomas Livesey Memorial Club did not have any fire alarms or a sprinkler system after the building was destroyed by flames on Sunday.
The fire broke out around 4 a.m. but when crews arrived on scene, the building was already heavily damaged. Officials said because the building was built nearly 70 years ago, it didn’t have to meet current fire safety standards.
“At the time it was built, it met current code requirements,” Fairhaven Deputy Fire Chief Todd Correia explained.
Officials said it took about two hours to extinguish the fire. Since the roof collapsed into the building, investigators turned to neighbors and club members to start making early speculations on what caused the fire.
“We don’t believe there was any malicious intent here,” Correia said. “We’re looking more towards electrical but until we get inside safely, we wont be able to determine a cause.”
Correia said he was one of many who utilized the club at some point in their lives.
“As a kid, I played for one of their baseball teams for the Little League,” he said. “It’s a deep loss to the community and hopefully they can rebuild quickly.”
The town is trying to keep the club alive by creating a GoFundMe page to raise money for a new building. After just one day, the page is already a quarter of the way toward its $5,000 goal.