Mainstay of Local Economy Hit
A POPULAR SKI RESORT IN CHATAUQUA COUNTY, New York, lost its well-known ski lodge to fire Monday night.
The Cockaigne Ski Center is a popular weekend destination for the western New York and Pennsylvania region and the lodge was a novelty in that it was first built in Austria, then purchased for and used at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. After the exposition was over, the building was disassembled and rebuilt at the ski resort.
A county snowplow operator spotted the flames Monday night around 10:30 and called in the alarm. When the Cherry Creek FD arrived the building was already fully involved. It took the firefighters about three hours to get the blaze knocked down, but the loss was complete.
WSYR-TV filed some raw video of the fire:
None of the ski equipment such as the trail grooming machines, nor the lifts were damaged. So the facility can continue to operate. But without the main lodge they will be restricted in providing refreshment and meals to the visitors. The resort normally operates with about 200 employees.
WKBW-TV Ch. 7 Buffalo provided this video report:
WGRZ-TV has the story along with more photos and videos HERE.
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