The Old Marina restaurant is considered a total loss after a devastating fire tore through the building just outside Cambridge, Ontario. Saturday.
It is the second destructive fire at the restaurant on the shores of Puslinch Lake since it opened in the early 1990s.
Firefighters were alerted early Saturday afternoon.
Cambridge Fire were first on the scene and were later joined by at least five other local fire services.
“Cambridge crews arrived on scene to find smoke and heat in the building,” Puslinch Fire Department Chief Tom Mulvey said.
“They tried to enter the building and they couldn’t at the time. [The] the Cambridge incident commander brought his crews out and did what they call a defensive attack by putting water on the fire from the outside.
Mulvey said the fire allegedly started in the basement.
“Of course we couldn’t get in to see what the cause was,” he continued. “We do not consider this to be a suspicious fire at this time.”
No injuries were reported
Witnesses told CTV News the fire didn’t seem very large at first, but within minutes it began to grow.
“It didn’t seem too bad at first, then all of a sudden I could see the flames going through and the windows exploding,” Albert Christian said.
“There was no flame for about an hour, it was just smoke,” Mona Ghaenizabeh said. “And then the flame came. It was very sad, very sad to see.
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News of the fire spread quickly, leaving many in the community devastated. The Old Marina Restaurant has been a staple for decades and also experienced a serious fire in 2005.
“You couldn’t see anything but smoke at one point,” witness Kristy Holdaway said. “It’s just sad for the owners, you know, to be in the park, you know the owners, and they’ve had a lot of difficulties this year, so it’s sad for them.”
Holdaway said people come from all over to visit the restaurant.
“It’s hard to get reservations here. It’s always crowded, it’s always booked, and it’s not just a restaurant, it’s got activities, people who have their weddings booked here,” Holdaway said.
“It’s just a sad day. Lots of memories, lots of history.
As crews continued to battle the blazes on Saturday, police closed off a section of Lake Road as fire engines had to leave and fetch water.
Later that day, fire crews brought in an excavator to remove the roof from the building to help deal with hot spots inside.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause, as well as the extent of the damage.
Small fire in the former Puslinch Lake marina restaurant pic.twitter.com/0qGUdkDYYr
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