Update on Hawthorne Country Club fire

May 23, 2023

A May 7 fire that destroyed the Hawthorne Country Club is believed to have been “intentionally set,” said Massachusetts fire officials. 

Investigators are seeking information about the fire and ask witnesses to contact Dartmouth Police or the State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit at 978-567-3310.

Tipsters may also contact the Arson Watch Reward Program at 1-800-682-9229, which offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information that helps detect or prevent arson crimes. 

The fire was reported at 1:30 p.m. and extinguished within about 2 hours, said District 2 Fire Chief Erick Turcotte. 

There were no injuries resulting from the fire. 

The Hawthorne Country Club is currently under agreement to be purchased for $3 million by Toll Brothers, said realtor Jeff Hathaway of Seaport Realty. It is not immediately known if the fire will impact the potential sale. 

At the time of the fire Turcotte said he did not have reason to believe the fire and the sale were connected, however, the investigation into the fire’s cause is ongoing.

Toll Brothers has not developed an exact plan for the property, he said, but housing for those 55 and older or 62 and older is a possibility.