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Golf course wildfire destroys eight acres, likely started at homeless encampment

A wildfire that destroyed about eight acres of land at Owl's Creek Golf Course on Feb. 5, 2017 was likely started by a homeless encampment. (Adrienne Mayfield/Southside Daily)
A wildfire that destroyed about eight acres of land at Owl’s Creek Golf Course on Feb. 5, 2017 was likely started by a homeless encampment. (Adrienne Mayfield/Southside Daily)

A wildfire that likely started at a homeless encampment destroyed about eight acres of land in Virginia Beach on Saturday morning.

Twenty one firefighters battled the fire, which broke out at Owl’s Creek Golf Course around 3:30 a.m., according to the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

The once-active golf course closed in 2016, and the property is owned by the city of Virginia Beach, said Battalion Chief William Skelaney.

A wildfire that destroyed about eight acres of land at Owl's Creek Golf Course on Feb. 5, 2017 was likely started by a homeless encampment. (Adrienne Mayfield/Southside Daily)
A wildfire that destroyed about eight acres of land at Owl’s Creek Golf Course on Feb. 5, 2017 was likely started by a homeless encampment. (Adrienne Mayfield/Southside Daily)

Three fire engines, three brush trucks and a rehab vehicle stayed on the scene from 3:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Fire Department investigators were on the scene of the fire into the late morning.

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Skelaney said it likely started at a homeless encampment.

At the scene there was a large area with branches and logs that could be used for a fire, along with a burnt blue cooler and a stray can of Steel Reserve.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@wydaily.com.

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