Fire destroys Watch Hill Bar & Restaurant
The Watch Hill Restaurant and Bar went on fire last night, Tuesday, Sept. 3 at approximately 1:35 a.m. About 25 fire fighters from the Patchogue Fire Department responded with their boat along with the Blue Point, Hagerman, North Patchogue, Davis Park, Fire Island Pines and Ocean Bay Park fire departments. The fire, according to Patchogue Fire Chief Nick Greco was brought under control in just about an hour and put completely out by 3 a.m. “We were able to keep the fire from spreading to adjoining buildings,” he said also noting that it was a great team effort with the Davis Park Ferry company who helped shuttle firemen back and forth. According to Greco the fire was the first major fire on Watch Hill in years, which basically destroyed snack bar. The boardwalk and adjoining buildings, however, were saved.
The National Park Service released the following statement Thursday morning:
The National Park Service announced today that a structural fire occurred at Watch Hill's concession operated Whalehouse Point Restaurant in the early morning hours of September 4. Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Coordinators (FRES); and Fire Departments from Ocean Beach, Ocean Bay Park, Davis Park, Saltaire, Fire Island Pines, Patchogue, North Patchogue, Hagerman and Blue Point responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Bayport, Fair Harbor and Cherry Grove Fire Departments were standing by if needed. NPS law enforcement and maintenance employees provided operational support - ensuring all Watch Hill visitors and residents were safe, and providing technical and site information to the first responders. Davis Park Ferry Company transported mainland firefighters to the scene on Fire Island. The incident response was well coordinated and well managed. All of the responding parties and agencies worked together as a team to safely extinguish the fire as quickly as possible. There were no fatalities or reported injuries. Preliminary findings indicate that the restaurant facility sustained extensive structural, smoke and water damage.By Wednesday afternoon, NPS officials secured the area with safety fencing. Local law enforcement agencies and National Park Service officials are investigating all possible causes of the fire, as well as the extent and impact of the incident.Watch Hill remains open to the public through Columbus Day. The marina, camp store, and campground will continue to operate. While lifeguard operations concluded for the season after Labor Day, the NPS has scheduled visitor programs and Visitor Center weekend hours through mid-October.
Photo from Tuesday night:
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