Portion Of Alexandria Bay Motel Destroyed By FirePosted: Updated:
A large portion of the Boardwalk Motel in Alexandria Bay was destroyed by fire overnight,
Firefighters from several departments were called to the Walton Street motel around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and were there much of the night and into the morning.
On the motel's Facebook page is a post that says "Everyone one is safe and we will rebuild."
Someone posting for the motel said a house that contained the office, a two-story structure that houses queen and king suites, and a pool house were destroyed.
A row of motels rooms appears to have been spared.
"We came across a fully involved structure fire," said Michael Henning, who's an Alexandria Bay firefighter. "By the time Alexandria Bay fire units were on scene, the building had already collapsed. It's not a total loss, but it's pretty catastrophic. All your paperwork, all your records, everything is gone."
No one was injured in the fire.
The motel was empty at the time. But, guests began arriving later Wednesday only to see their getaway in the bay reduced to rubble.
"We had set reservations for this place a few months ago. We just drove three hours and unfortunately we came to our motel," said Holly Morgan.
The owners of the Boardwalk Motel will put up their guests at other hotels in Alexandria Bay.
We spoke with the owner's son, Chris Fulmer, who said, with time, there's hope of rebuilding. Neighbors hope so too.
"The bay needs these kind of places. That's what we do here. It's not good for tourism," said Harry Jenny, neighbor.
Fulmer said the building is insured.
There's no word yet on what caused the fire.
The photo below was posted to the 7 News Facebook page by Patty Wagoner.