Lakeside Pavilion Update

Posted on February 15, 2012

The Lakeside Pavilion caught fire at 8:16 p.m. on Feb. 14. Lakeside Chautauqua Security Officer, Andy Larson (pictured), noticed the flames and immediately alerted the Sheriff’s Office who dispatched the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department.

Larson used Security’s portable fire extinguisher to fight the blaze until the fire department arrived. The Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene within minutes of the phone call. The Marblehead Volunteer Fire Department, Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department and Danbury Township Police were also called to the scene.

Pavilion_Fire_3.JPGAfter firefighters contained the flames, a heavy smoke flare-up was visible through the roof. Damage appears to be isolated to the east stairwell and pavilion roof. There are also damages from smoke and water to other parts of the building.

Lakeside’s Vice President of Municipal Services, Dave Geyer, said, “We never want to see any of these historic buildings catch fire. We are thankful that no one was injured.”

The fire is still under investigation, but appears to have started on the east side of the pavilion, where the steps lead to the upper pavilion. It later spread to the roof of the East Pavilion Deck. Fortunately, the firewall in the east stairwell, and the efforts of the volunteer fire departments, prevented the fire from spreading to the second floor of the pavilion.

Pavilion_Fire_22.JPGLakeside Chautauqua has contacted its insurance company, Church Mutual, who will be onsite tomorrow to inspect the building. We anticipate no obstacles in rebuilding the portion damaged in preparation for Memorial Day Weekend.

Lakeside Chautauqua President/CEO, Kevin Sibbring, explained, “Andy’s quick efforts and assistance likely helped us minimize the damage in what could have been a total devastation of the Lakeside Pavilion. I commend Andy for following the procedures, keeping calm and contacting the Sheriff’s Office. Lakeside is fortunate to have Andy as part of the Lakeside Chautauqua Security team.”

We are thankful for Larson and the local, volunteer fire departments for their immediate response and bravery to save this historic structure. We also thank the Lakeside community and staff for their outpouring of support and concern about the state of the Lakeside Pavilion. Please stay tuned for more details as they progress. Updates will be made to Lakeside’s Facebook and Twitter pages.