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Police brought in to probe fire at pool house

The American Legion Post 8 swimming pool on Jeffress Street in South Boston is closed until further notice, according to American Legion Commander Tommy Whitlow.

Whitlow was at the pool Monday morning meeting with an insurance adjuster after a fire destroyed the pool house early Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, South Boston Police Sgt. Randy E. Redd said Monday he is continuing to investigate the blaze that was reported at 1:19 a.m.

According to South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips, the roof on the pool house was “pretty bad” when firefighters arrived on the scene in the wee morning hours Thursday.

“The gate to the pool was locked, so we had to tear the lock off to get inside the fence,” Phillips said.

A total of 11 South Boston firefighters arrived at the scene on two trucks and were assisted by a truck and eight firefighters from Halifax Volunteer Fire Department.

Firemen worked to bring the blaze under control until 3 a.m., Phillips said.

“It burnt a whole section of the roof off, and the pool is closed now,” he added.

The fire chief declined to discuss what might have started the fire saying the fire department immediately turned the investigation over to South Boston Police who were on the scene Thursday morning.

Redd said Monday he is continuing to conduct an investigation into the origin of the fire.

Phillips said the pool house, valued at $20,000, was listed as a total loss.

No one was injured in the fire, he added.