Firefighters battle fire at Brunelle's Marina in South Hadley - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Firefighters battle fire at Brunelle's Marina in South Hadley

SOUTH HADLEY, MA (WSHM) -

A five-alarm fire ripped through Brunelle's Marina in South Hadley Friday morning, destroying the popular Dockside Restaurant and the rest of the building which has been in the Brunelle family for decades.

"It's heartbreaking because they've worked so hard through the years," said Lisa Papoutsakis. "First with my grandmother starting with a little shack, it's just grown through the years and we've all grown with it."

The current owner Luke Brunelle vows that he will rebuild.

"We'll figure it out. I got a good crew around me, I'm surrounded by a lot of employees - we'll put a plan together, we'll be back," said Brunelle.

The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. Multiple crews from surrounding communities were called to assist.

"It was very difficult, it was up in the ceiling and we had a difficult time getting to it," said Capt. Brian McClaflin of the South Hadley Fire Department.

No injuries were reported and several boats were able to be pulled from the showroom before the fire spread.

"We got a lot of the boats out," said Brunelle.

Many community members and boat owners looked on as crews battled the flames saying that this marina is like a family.

"We've been coming here for probably the better part of 30 to 35 years, so these are all our friends and family and we're just going to do whatever we can to help them get over this," said Peter Marquis.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The state fire marshal's office is investigating.

The Red Cross was on scene for much of the day assisting.

Copyright 2013 WSHM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Dance music DJ Avicii dies in Oman

    Dance music DJ Avicii dies in Oman

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:52 PM EDT2018-04-20 17:52:29 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 2:14 PM EDT2018-04-20 18:14:31 GMT
    The artist is a force in the Electronic Dance Movement. (Source: AP)The artist is a force in the Electronic Dance Movement. (Source: AP)

    The artist is a force in the Electronic Dance Movement.

    More >>

    The artist is a force in the Electronic Dance Movement.

    More >>
  • Students begin school walkouts on Columbine anniversary

    Students begin school walkouts on Columbine anniversary

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:26:49 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 2:17 PM EDT2018-04-20 18:17:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

    More >>

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

    More >>
  • In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists, 'hookers'

    In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists, 'hookers'

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:03 AM EDT2018-04-20 05:03:06 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 2:15 PM EDT2018-04-20 18:15:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Copies of the memos written by former FBI Director James Comey are photographed in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment...(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Copies of the memos written by former FBI Director James Comey are photographed in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment...

    President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly