Shannon Lilly said the fire that destroyed 24 of the golf carts owned by her family’s business was bad, but could have been much worse.

The cause of the fire that destroyed the carts at J&S Golf Cart Rental in North Plains has not yet been determined. It is now under investigation by the business’ insurance company. The loss is estimated at $100, HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - J&S Golf Cart Rentals lost 24 of their carts to fire, but, fortunately, still has hundreds more.

But, Lilly explained, the business — which rents golf carts to large events, such as golf tournaments, fairs, and dog and horse shows — will survive. It had around 400 golf carts before the fire, and most were inside the facility at 10885 N.W. Main St.

“We’re going to be fine. We were hurt, but we’re still in business,” said Lilly, adding that the business is named after her husband, Jeff, and his father, Steve.

An engine company from Washington County Fire District No. 2 responded to a report of a car fire at the address at 4:07 a.m. on May 29. Rather than a car on fire, however, firefighters arrived to find two dozen golf carts fully engulfed in flames.

“We arrived to the sound of explosions and the sight of rows of parked golf carts on fire,” said fire district Lt. Trevor Herb. “Fortunately, they were parked away from the building and we were able to contain the fire and get it out pretty quickly.”

The firefighters who arrived on Engine No. 17 had the fire under control at 4:31 a.m.

Lilly said the fire occurred at the start of the busiest season for the company. During the summer months, J&S Golf Cart Rental transports golf carts throughout the Pacific Northwest on five trucks that hold 10 carts and another truck that carries as many as 20.

“Things get crazy from now on — crazier, I guess,” said Lilly.

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