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West Side Tennis Club recovers from small fire

FOREST HILLS — A fire broke out on the terrace of the West Side Tennis Club early Tuesday morning, which shattered a few windows and resulted in some water damage in the clubhouse, according to the club’s president, Roland Meier.

“We were very lucky, outright lucky,” Meier said. “If someone hadn’t been walking the dog at 1:30 a.m. and seen the fire and if we hadn’t just installed fire-resistant material on the patio, this would have gone up in flames.”

The Fire Department said it received a call at 1:15 a.m. about flames at 1 Tennis Place, where the club is located in Forest Hills.

Close to 60 firefighters were dispatched to the patio at 1:19 a.m. and had the blaze under control by 1:59 a.m., the department said.

Nobody was injured.

Meier said the fire was mostly confined to a terrace connected with the clubhouse, but there were a few broken windows and water damage from sprinklers triggered inside the building.

He said the patio would likely be off limits for a while and food service could be affected for a few days as the damage is assessed.

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