Clubhouse at River Road Golf Course in London, Ontario. demolished after 2021 arson – London

Nearly six months after a suspected arson burned down the clubhouse at the River Road Golf Course in east London, Ontario, crews are demolishing the building.

On the morning of Sunday November 6, 2021, a fire caused approximately $1 million in damage to the clubhouse, which London Fire later ruled an arson attack.

The city confirmed demolition at the site began on Monday.

A statement from the City of London said the structure had “significant structural damage, resulting in a restraining order”.

“After a full assessment of the nature of the damage, it has been determined that repair is not an option as the damage is too extensive to justify the costs,” the statement said.

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The city-owned property had previously been a proposed site for part of the city’s winter homelessness response plan. The plan had to be changed last year after the fire.

Following an investigation, Michael Peter Belanger of London was charged with one count of arson causing damage to property.

The City of London confirmed to Global News on Nov. 15, 2021 that Belanger is a City Fleet Team Supervisor.

Belanger has been suspended with pay pending further investigation, a spokesperson told Global News in November.

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