Watch Hill Marina Fire Being Investigated
A fire that broke out at Fire Island’s Watch Hill Marina last month is under investigation, according to Alexcy Romero, superintendent for the Fire Island National Seashore.
The blaze destroyed the building that holds the concession and restaurant, as well as the connected deck area. Romero told Newsday the fire caused a “total loss of the facility.” The impacted area spans about 5,500 square feet.
Suffolk County police received a 911 call at 1:35 am reporting the fire at Watch Hill Marina, first citing a kitchen fire. A second caller followed up, telling police the whole building was on fire. The Suffolk police canine team, Suffolk fire investigators and the National Park Service’s Serious Accident Investigation Team are all investigating the cause of the fire. Romero said all possible reasons for the fire, including arson, are being examined.
Multiple fire departments were on the scene to fight the fire, including Davis Park, Ocean Bay Park, Ocean Beach, Fire Island Pines, Patchogue, Hagerman, Saltaire, North Patchogue and Blue Point. Firefighters from Bayport and Cherry Grove were on standby.
The investigation into the cause of the fire includes interviewing Watch Hill Marina restaurant staff as well as witnesses who were on the scene at the time. The restaurant and concession were closed at the time of the fire.
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