Updated: 06/05/2014 11:57 AM
Created: 06/05/2014 11:15 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
Investigators aren't able to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed the Horse & Hunt Club in Prior Lake on New Year's Eve day, but said they don't think it was a burglary cover up.
Crews arrived around 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 31 to find the main and lower level of the bar, dining room and clubhouse completely engulfed in flames. The club, located at 3300 220th St. E. in Spring Lake Township, hosts major shotgun sporting and hunting events throughout the year. Several hunters kept their guns at the facility.
The remote location and a frozen sprinkler system played a role in the fire's destruction and an inability to determine the cause, according to Ronald Rahman, deputy state fire marshal.
The structure had been so badly burned by the time it was contained, the area of the fire's origin could not be determined, Rahman said. Without an origin, it is impossible to say what the cause was.
Rahman said investigators found numerous shotguns on the scene and didn't think the fire was arson for a burglary cover up.
A New Year's Eve celebration that was planned to take place at Trigger's Saloon and Supper Club was canceled after the fire, which collapsed the roof and most of the walls.
The new Horse & Hunt Club facility is expected to be completed by the end of August or beginning of September, according to employees.
For now, the club offers a limited menu on its pavilion from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.