Restaurant and beach club at Conneaut Lake Park burn down

Posted Thursday, August 1, 2013 9:12 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A restaurant and beach club at Conneaut Lake Park were destroyed in an early morning fire. A Crawford County emergency dispatcher said no injuries had been reported in the blaze, which started in the Dockside restaurant about 2:19 a.m. and spread to the Beach Club next door.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013 9:24 AM

Maybe they should have used Pepsi to put it out?


Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:04 AM

So, their only remaining building that's being used full time has burned down? Maybe it's time to pack it in, guys.

I like this place, and have had some fun and memories there, but this is how many fires in how many years now? I don't get it. Well, I mean, we're all thinking it, but insurance fraud would just seem way too obvious at this point.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:25 AM

What insurance? At best they have Liability.

Last edited by Charles Nungester, Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:27 AM
Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:27 AM

If Nigel Pinchley owned Conneaut, they would definitely be checking into insurance fraud...

Insurance Agent: Yeah, lucky fella took out a huge policy the day before the
Lois: Doesn't that strike you as a little suspicious?
Agent: No, not really. In fact, it seems to happen all the time.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:29 AM

Ah, Like the One Billion dollar policy on the WTC taken out in Aug 2001?

Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:44 AM

According to this article, a Blue Streak train, a miniature train, and some Fascination games were stored in the building and have been lost.'s-Beach-Club-says-everything-lost-in-blaze-(Updated%3A-10%3A31

Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:25 PM

Down! Down! Stay Down!

Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:44 PM

As much as this seems like the beginning of the end, we've been saying that for years. But this seems pretty dire.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:44 PM

This has to be the nail in the coffin for this place... I mean, really.

It is sad to see happen, but only so many times can the place burn down.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 1:26 PM

I'm not quite sure I understand the lease that is mentioned in the article. It was my understanding that The Beach Club, the hotel and the park are 3 separately run businesses that are not directly associated with each other. As far as I know the club and the hotel continued to run even in the years the park was closed.

All that being said, even if the club was a separately run business, it seemed to me that it was what brought most people to the area. Though not directly affected by the fire, the park may indirectly lose a lot of business because fewer people will have a reason to visit.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 1:36 PM

I visited CLP for the first time ever on Sunday. They had a Journey/Mellencamp tribute band (you can't make this stuff up) playing and a pretty big crowd watching it, and in the park was a fairly decent crowd too. Beautiful weather, cheerful crowd. It felt like it should have been depressing and yet wasn't, because everyone was smiling and talking to their kids about the way they remembered the park from their own youth. I really enjoyed myself. The Tumblebug felt faster than Kennywood's, the Devil's Den had more stunts than I was expecting, and the Blue Streak felt like it was going to toss me out of the back seat on the first drop. I was actually pretty startled.

The carousel needs some TLC but I've seen worse and the band organ was working and sounded good.

Neat park, very sad to see this happen to them, and just after they were getting so excited about this "makeover" they're supposedly getting for the Travel Channel too.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 1:48 PM

Aren't there more nails than coffin in this thing by now?

Thursday, August 1, 2013 2:32 PM

This is really irritating to me. It's one thing to watch a business struggle/fail naturally due to the business decisions and economy that plagued it. But people keep mucking around with this place like this. It's hard to watch.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 6:48 PM

Shame. The park can't catch a break.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 7:03 PM

Aw man. Poor Conneaut.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:37 PM

And to think, Eddie Money is slated to play there!

Friday, August 2, 2013 2:43 AM


Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Friday, August 2, 2013 2:43 AM
Friday, August 2, 2013 6:12 AM

That is quite a fire.

Friday, August 2, 2013 8:39 AM

Wow. That's a serious blaze.


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