Meadville Tribune

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August 3, 2013

Investigators can't figure out how Beach Club fire started

MEADVILLE — The cause of the blaze that destroyed the Beach Club complex early Thursday morning has been ruled as undetermined, according to fire investigators.

“We were not able to discover anything that would say how the fire was started,” said Pete Albaugh, Summit Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief.

Investigators, including a state police fire marshal, combed through the site of the blaze Friday and firefighters assisted in cooling parts of debris that continued to smolder, according to Albaugh.

Emergency radio reports indicated a re-kindle occured at approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“The fire marshal turned over custody of the property to insurance investigators,” Albaugh said. “So it’s up to the insurance company to see how they deal with it from this point on.”

Albaugh and Summit Fire Chief Gig King believe Erie Insurance wrote the policy on the complex.

At this point, they estimate the overall cost of damage between $500,000 and $750,000.

Nine area volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the scene after the fire was reported at 2:19 a.m. by a boater on Conneaut Lake.

The rest of Conneaut Lake Park will open its usual operations to the public at 1 p.m. today.

Lusid Media still plans to unveil the park’s newest attraction at 7 p.m. at a public event titled Park After Dark, featuring live music, food vendors and $15 wristbands for all rides including the Blue Streak.

Lusid has been videotaping and working with volunteers at the park over the past week as part of an effort to develop a pilot of a television show for the Travel Channel.

Konstantine Fekos can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kfekos@meadvilletribune.com.

 

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