The Ryder Cup venue in Rome was thrown into disarray after a massive fire broke out at the temporary hospitality building at the Marco Simone Golf Club.
Firefighters were immediately on the scene to help contain the disaster, which caused a huge, black cloud of smoke to shoot off into the sky, severely increasing the heat in its surrounding area.
While speaking about the fire outbreak, a Ryder Cup Europe spokesperson said, per Sky News, “A fire was reported in one of the temporary hospitality structures to the right of the first fairway at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club earlier this afternoon.”
They added, “Local fire crews were called to the scene at 5.07pm local time and quickly brought the blaze under control.”
An eyewitness at the scene said of the massive inferno, “The smoke and flames are amazing. It’s massive and you can feel the heat from a distance.”
Ryder Cup Europe released a statement confirming that no one was injured and noted that the cause of the fire was being investigated.
“Nobody was injured in the incident and the fire did not spread beyond the hospitality structure. There was no damage to the golf course or any other structure. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated,” the statement read.