Historic club burns at Conneaut Lake Park

Associated Press


Fire destroyed a restaurant and beach club at a 121-year-old amusement park in northwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday.

The ruins at Conneaut Lake Park, about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh, could smolder for a week, Summit fire Chief Gig King said.

The complex that burned contained the Beach Club and Downunder Beach Bar, as well as the Dockside banquet facility next to them. Authorities said the building burned quickly and completely collapsed.

The Beach Club was built in 1936, and the neighboring banquet pavilion recently had been renovated as part of ongoing efforts to revitalize the seasonal park, which didn’t open during the summers of 2007 and 2008 because of long-standing financial problems.

The fire was reported shortly before 2:30 a.m. by a boater. At least nine fire companies responded, and two firefighters suffered minor injuries, officials said. Nobody was in the buildings and no other injuries were reported.

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