Authorities are investigating Friday night’s fire that destroyed the Rio Rancho Country Club as a possible arson.
The mayor and neighbors are speaking out about the loss to their community.
While no one was injured, 50-foot flames engulfed the golf club, seen as far away as Corrales and Bernalilllo.
“I can’t believe it,” Dianna Montrose, who grew up in the area, said. “Just the way it looks. I mean, it’s gone gone.”
Blown out windows, charred walls and a collapsed roof are all that remains of the building.
“There is nothing left,” Montrose said. “It is really sad.”
Montrose and her mother, Maryann Folino, came Saturday to see the damage.
“We just came to say goodbye I guess,” Montrose said. “We grew up right here on the golf course. My home is here, and we have lived in this area since I was a little kid.”