McKeesport Sportsmen's Association club to rebuild

| Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 3:16 a.m.

McKeesport Sportsmen's Association plans to rebuild its indoor shooting range after it was destroyed by fire, vice president Ken Ferree said on Monday.

“We have insurance,” he said. “Unfortunately no insurance can replace memories. We were able to salvage some things.”

The White Oak range caught fire on Sunday at approximately 4 p.m. at 3300 Jacks Run Road.

No injuries were reported.

“The building was totally lost,” Ferree said. “It was an old clubhouse that was converted into an indoor pistol range.”

He said a junior youth rifle weekly competition had just finished an hour before the fire broke out.

“The building was closed at the time,” Ferree said. “There was no ammunition stored in that building.”

He said the association has approximately 1,400 members — including third and fourth generations of members.

Ferree said the association's clubhouse was 10 feet from the range.

“It did sustain several thousand dollars worth of damage,” he said. “The fire departments had to run a lot of lines because of our location. They did a great job. Sometimes you don't think about them until you need them.”

Ferree also complimented the White Oak police for controlling traffic and performing periodic checks on the building throughout the night.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal's office is investigating.

Ferree said he was told by the fire marshal's office that a preliminary investigation indicated the fire appeared to be electrical in nature.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or slee@tribweb.com.

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