The clubhouse building at Big Shot Ranch on Higley Road burned to the ground in an early morning fire on Monday.
North Tooele Fire District and Grantsville Fire Department crews were called out to the fire at 4:27 a.m. after the owner, who was out of town, contacted dispatch about a fire alarm, according to North Tooele Fire District public information officer Ryan Willden. The owner had been contacted by the alarm company before forwarding the message to dispatch.
When firefighters arrived on scene, the structure next to the shooting range was fully engulfed, Willden said. A business representative alerted fire crews there were guns and ammunition stored in the building and nearby shipping containers.
Due to the ammunition in the building, fire crews did not attack the blaze from the inside of the building but there was no immediate danger to firefighters, Willden said. The building was unoccupied and a total loss, which Willden estimated as $350,000 to $400,000 in value.
It took about 20 firefighters nearly three hours to knock down the fire, with six engines and various support equipment, including water tenders, on scene.
Limited water availability hampered efforts to battle the blaze, with tenders shuttling 20,000 gallons of water to the fire, according to Willden. A reservoir was set up to hold the water, which was then shuttled by one engine to other apparatuses on scene.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined but investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s office were on scene Monday morning.