Sad news from Fire Island this morning... A fast-moving fire destroyed several businesses last night in the Fire Island Pines area. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
Initial reports indicate the blaze broke out around 9 p.m. It quickly engulfed the Pavilion, the town's premier nightclub, C.F. LaFountaine's properties, the Sip N' Twirl bar and dance space, the Pines Bistro and a bayfront home. Walter Boss of the Fire Island Pines Fire Department confirmed the damage at 11:20 p.m.
Fire Island Pines is a lush beach community surrounded by outgrowths of native and imported fauna, including the eponymous pines. While making the community perhaps the most beautiful on all of Fire Island, it also contributes to a sense of dread about the consequences of fire, which has consumed many homes over the years.
Now, the homeowners, businesspeople and many visitors will once again be reminded that the name "Fire Island" contains within it terror and destruction.
I've never been to Fire Island. Jerame's old boss spent quite a bit of time there this year and invited us to visit, but my dental problems prevented us from going. How many of you have been there? Got any stories you're willing to share?