The popular Beach Club and Dockside Bar at Conneaut Lake Park were destroyed by fire early Thursday morning.
Early reports indicate the blaze began in the area of the Dockside sometime after 2:00 AM. The popular summertime beach destinations were completely leveled. It has been reported that two firefighters sustained minor injuries battling the blaze. Nine fire companies responded, and the fire was not reported under control until nearly 5:30 AM.
A State Police fire marshal has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire.
The Conneaut Lake community and shore areas were hit this spring and early this summer with a number of home and cottage fires, but the last major blaze reported inside the popular amusement park and beach attraction was the 2008 fire that destroyed the century-old Dreamland Ballroom which was, at the time, serving mostly as a storage areas for park rides and other midway attractions.
A Tennessee company had been in the process of filming an episode of a new Travel Channel television make-over series at Conneaut Lake Park, and TV officials had planned to host the unveiling of the park’s newest midway attraction this Saturday night.
Officials are now saying that one car from the famed Blue Streak rollercoaster, a mini train and more than two dozen midway games stored in the Beach Club basement were destroyed in the fire. A number of boats docked near the entertainment complex were damaged.
The original version of the Beach Club opened in 1936.