The golf cart storage building at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club has been destroyed by a fire for the second time in seven years.

At approximately 12:15 a.m. Oct. 8, Citrus County Fire Rescue responded to the 10,000 square foot storage building, which was engulfed in flames, according to a press release. The previous incident occurred Dec. 15, 2014.

Responding to the scene were firefighters from Connell Heights, Kensington, Citrus Springs, Pine Ridge, Hernando and Highlands. A safety captain and the rehab unit from Citrus Springs also responded.

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According to fire rescue, the building was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The fire was under control at 1:25 a.m. In addition, the building did not have a fire sprinkler system.

The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene to investigate and the last unit cleared the scene at 4:34 a.m.

General Manager of the club, Anthony Lambert, said 85 carts were destroyed in the fire and the cost of damages have not yet been estimated.

Lambert said the cause of the fire is still unknown, but he believes it was an electric or battery issue. “We’ll find a fleet of golf carts to rent until we can work to get a brand new fleet,” he added.

He said the course will have to close for a few days to coordinate the rental. “We’re not going to be able to snap our fingers today and have carts tomorrow,” Lambert said.

In addition, the course will have to replace and rebuild the storage building.

“It’s part of business,” Lambert said. “Things happen and we gotta react to it.”

Hannah Sachewicz is a reporter for the Chronicle. She can be reached at 352-564-2929 or