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Wasatch Wing and Clay still in business after fire destroys clubhouse

By Karissa Neely daily Herald - | Feb 17, 2017
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The Wasatch Wing and Clay Clubhouse building before it was leveled by a fire Feb. 16, 2016.

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The Wasatch Wing and Clay Clubhouse in Cedar Fort was burned to the ground by a fire that occurred during the early morning hours of Feb. 16, 2016.

Though the Wasatch Wing and Clay clubhouse is a total loss after Thursday’s fire, it’s “business as usual” for the Cedar Fort business.

The 2,200-square-foot clubhouse building housed Wasatch Wing and Clay’s sales offices, a common area, kitchen, restrooms and their safe – all of which were reduced to ash during an early morning fire. When workers opened the fireproof gun safe Friday morning, it was still hot. All their guns were accounted for, but they only had the rifle barrels left – the stocks had burned completely away.

“For all of us, it’s definitely a tragedy. It’s devastating,” said Chazz Holt, manager of Wasatch Wing and Clay on Friday. “For a lot of us, this is our home away from home. It’s our getaway. And a lot of our members – we’re only a 40 minute drive from Salt Lake City – they come here to get away. But we’re resilient. We’ll just keep on going.”

Holt said they are still taking appointments for hunting and clay shooting. A member even gave the club a 40-foot trailer to use as their temporary office, until they can rebuild. Wasatch Wing and Clay has also brought in portable restrooms for members to use.

“It’s business as usual except for the clubhouse,” Holt said.

Wasatch Wing and Clay is family-owned, shared between the families of Jim and Carey Smith, Mike and Keith Holdaway, Rick Clayton, Laurie Joe and Woody Berry, and Ken and Julie Chamberlain. According to Holt, the owners have already talked about rebuilding.

“They’ve already discussed it and plan to rebuild. They are just waiting for the cleanup and the investigation to finish up,” Holt said.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing, and Holt said investigators were searching through the debris Friday. So far, no cause has been determined.

Despite this setback, Holt said everyone involved with Wasatch Wing and Clay is positive about the future. Even in the clubhouse’s absence, Holt said they will still host a wedding that was planned for mid-March.

“The family is still going ahead with it. They are just going to rent a large canopy and bring it out here. I heard the bride said that if she can’t have a wedding with shooting, she’s not having the wedding,” Holt said laughing.

Wasatch Wing and Clay is a 7,000-acre bird hunting and shooting range. The business hosts families and corporate events for clay shooting and upland bird hunting.

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