MECCA — Investigators have released a preliminary report about the Feb. 16 fire that destroyed Chrissy’s Lake Tavern along state Route 46.
Andy Ellinger, public information officer for the state fire marshal’s office, said investigators have determined the blaze originated on the exterior west (lake) side of the building.
“State fire marshal investigators continue to work with local fire and police to follow up on any additional information and work towards completing their investigation,” Ellinger said.
The fire broke out shortly before 8 a.m. at the popular spot for Mosquito Lake enthusiasts. About a dozen fire departments responded as a shuttle system was organized to ship water as the nearby “dry hydrants” were inoperable because of the frozen lake.
The building was a historic landmark in the township, dating back to the 1830s. The restaurant / bar, which had gone through many ownerships and formats through the years, recently had gone through renovations totaling $250,000.
In a letter to her patrons and friends posted on social media, tavern owner Chrissy Long thanked them for their love and support through the years and after the “tragic events of the past weeks.
“I am thankful that no one was hurt in the fire, and that this didn’t happen to someone’s home,” Long wrote. “Please keep (the staff) in your thoughts and prayers as they try to move forward.”
As for the thoughts of rebuilding, Long stated: “As of now there are no answers as to why or how the fire occurred. I can only hope that God blesses me with enough tomorrows that we can renew and rebuild, if possible.”
Long stated she can’t promise a time frame for a new Chrissy’s Lake Tavern.
“I just know there will never be a place as special as the Lake Tavern for so many,” she stated. “But my hope is that we will be able to come together once again and share time, memories and smiles.”