BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (NEWS10) – There was still a small plume of smoke coming from the remains of Lakeside Lodge Grille on Thursday morning, as firefighters kept an eye on the structure that burned down the night before.
A roughly quarter-mile stretch of Lake Shore Drive was blocked off midday Thursday, as fire investigators worked. Fire chief Robert LaGoy said the origin of the fire was not yet known, but that the building was considered a complete loss.
The restaurant had recently undergone renovations, and was host to two apartments on its upper floor. Those apartments were typically used to house workers during the summer tourist season, and were uninhabited at the time of the fire.
Lakeside Lodge Grille was located in the heart of downtown Bolton Landing. The chief said any concerns of the fire spreading to trees or other buildings were dealt with easily.
“We did our best to stop the fire and cool the outside buildings down,” LaGoy said. “I believe we incurred very minimal damage.”
Bolton Landing resident Rain Mentz was one of many watching the firefighters clean up. He and his family live nearby, and he was still awake when the fire started. He said the first thing he noticed was the smell. At first, that in itself wasn’t cause for alarm.
“Everyone’s got fires around here,” he said. “I didn’t hear an engine or anything, and nobody was freaking out, so I figured it was just another bonfire.”
Fire departments from Lake George, Queensbury, Horicon, Chestertown, Hague and Warrensburg were also on the scene.
The fire was the second to impact a Lake George area business within the week. Number One Pizza in the village of Lake George was scorched on Tuesday by a fire believed to have been started by electrical issues.