Last night a fire roared through the commercial district of Fire Island Pines, the popular gay resort village on a barrier island one hour east of New York City. Among the destroyed businesses were two nightclubs, including the popular Pavilion, which was rebuilt at great expense just a couple of years ago. Michael Lavers reports at Fire Island News:
Initial reports indicate the blaze broke out around 9:15 p.m. It quickly engulfed the Pavilion, C.F. LaFountaine, Sip N’ Twirl, the Pines Bistro and a bay front home. Walter Boss of the Fire Island Pines Fire Department confirmed to The News around 11:20 p.m. that the fire destroyed the Pavilion, La Fountaine, the Sip N’ Twirl complex that includes the Bistro and a bay front home. Businesses north of the Pavilion along the harbor appear to have been unscathed. Dozens of firefighters from the Pines, Ocean Bay Park, Davis Park, Point O’ Woods, Cherry Grove, Ocean Beach, Fair Harbor, Saltaire, Kismet, East Islip, West Islip, Hagerman, Sayville, Bellport, Great River and Bay Shore responded. There are no reported injuries.