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Man killed in fire at Wilkes County golf course identified

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. -- An employee was killed in a fire at a Wilkes County golf course Thursday morning, according to Wilkes County Chief Deputy David Carson.

At 7:38 a.m., deputies responded to Countryside Golf Course at 607 Spicer Road in Elkin in reference to a fire.

Upon arrival, investigators learned the man was killed after the fire broke out in a building that stored golf carts.

The man was identified by Wilkes County deputies Thursday afternoon as 64-year-old Gary Jordan.

“Just a standup man,” said Wayne Tuttle, a fellow employee and friend. “He’d do anything in the world to help you. He never did ask for a whole lot in return.”

Tuttle tells FOX8 that Jordan had checked in two golfers minutes before the fire started.

“Two walkers, we have them about every morning, they come in and play early,” Tuttle said. “They said they had talked to him, they said the last thing he said to them, ‘y’all have a nice round of golf.’ They said about five minutes later they said they heard a big explosion and then a lot of them went off.”

Investigators say there was a gas tank inside the building, and they believe Jordan was fueling the golf carts when the fire started.

Tuttle said he had woken up late for work, and otherwise, would have been there at the time of the fire.

“Don’t know if I could have done anything, or helped him do anything, or I could have been in there too,” he said.

Employees added that Jordan only worked at the course on Thursdays.

“That memory right there’s going to be here for all of the employees, and owners, and everything else for the rest of their lives and mine too,” Tuttle said, while overlooking the damage.

At least 20 carts were destroyed.

Foul play is not suspected.