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A fire burns through the roof of the Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range on Dec. 4. (Photo courtesy of the city of Sandy Springs)
The Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range is doing more than repairing the damage caused by a fire Sunday, Dec. 4, co-owner Cara Workman says.
“Our ultimate goal is to get back up and running as quickly as possible,” said Workman, who owns the gun range with her sister, Robyn Marzullo. “When we do reopen, we’ll be bigger and better than we were before.”
The Sandy Springs fire marshal determined that a pyrotechnic, military-style tracer round sparked the fire, which burned through the roof but did not set off any ammunition or cause any injuries.
“We had a customer who came into the range that used inappropriate ammunition and subsequently caused a fire,” Workman said. “We’re very thankful our guys responded according to protocol and were able to get everyone out and notify the Fire Department. Now we’re just assessing the damage and seeing when we can open back up.”
No criminal charges have been filed against the customer. Although city investigators reportedly determined that the customer fired the tracer round by mistake, Workman said the investigation is ongoing.
Workman, a member of Temple Sinai, was at her home in Sandy Springs when she heard about the fire and said she was at the scene within minutes.
Workman and her sister opened the gun range in 2010 and added the Norcross location in 2012. Sandy Springs police regularly use the range for pistol and shotgun training, but city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said officers have no sessions scheduled in the near future.
The club’s Facebook page will provide updates on repairs. A hashtag, #SSGCRStrong, was created for members to connect while the range is closed.