CONNEAUT LAKE, Pa. — The 77-year-old Beach Club night club was completely destroyed in a fire that was first reported at 2:19 a.m. By the time firefighters arrived, the Beach Club and the nearby Dockside building were engulfed in flames. Nine fire departments responded to the early morning blaze and the fire was brought under control in about 90 minutes. However, both buildings are considered a total loss.
Also lost in the fire were items from the park stored under the Beach Club including 25 fascination games, a miniature train and a rare National Amusement Devices (NAD) train from the Blue Streak roller coaster. Boats near the Dockside building were also damaged in the fire.
The Dockside had just been recently renovated and was booked with weddings on weekends through the winter including one this coming weekend.
Jack Moyer, Chairperson of the Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park issued a statement saying “The Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park extend heartfelt condolences to the partners, families, and workers of Park Restoration for the tireless hours and the investments made to restore these buildings. The loss for both the Trustees and Park Restoration is significant, as well as those with reservations and plans to use these facilities. The good times there will long be remembered and cherished.”
Moyers added, “The remaining areas of the Park including the rides and concessions (open at 1 p.m.), the Hotel Conneaut, and Camperland will continue to be operate as usual and the Park After Dark opening of the new attraction will still be at 7 p.m. on Saturday August 3rd in the midway.”