Port Jefferson Fire Department First Assistant Chief Dave Williams called the Danford's Marina dockhouse a "total loss" after a fire ripped through it Tuesday morning. Though luckily no injuries were reported as several fire departments came to aid in knocking down the fire.
Though "he structure is basically gone," the fire chief said, Danford's General Manager Stewart Weiner remains optimistic for the upcoming season, telling Patch earlier in the day, "We still have 2 months until the season starts. We have time to rebuild and open up."
Williams said that the fire was fully involved by the time his crew got on scene around 9:30 a.m., and deploying a marine unit would not have made much of a difference in containing the blaze. He added that because nobody was inside the structure at the time of the incident, the priority remained firefighter safety, and Suffolk County had deployed a marine unit of its own as a precautionary measure.
A biodegradable foam was used in knocking down the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation.
Terryville, Setauket and Mt. Sinai Fire Departments were all called in to assist PJFD in the incident.