Fire destroys lean-to at The Point

SARANAC LAKE — Two local fire departments responded to a burning lean-to Monday at The Point Resort, located on the western shore of Upper Saranac Lake.

The Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to 222 Beaverwood Road at 4 p.m. Monday with one engine tanker and one fire boat. They also received mutual aid from the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department, which provided another tanker engine.

Upon arriving, firefighters found a “fully involved lean-to that was on fire at The Point,” according to Tupper Lake fire Chief Royce Cole. He said staff at the resort had the fire 80 percent contained when firefighters arrived, using water they had on premises as well as fire extinguishers.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by Franklin County Emergency Services.

The lean-to is located at the tip of the rocky peninsula that gives the resort its name.

The Point officials had this to say Wednesday about the fire: “At this time, there is no determination as to how the fire began and an investigation by the Tupper Lake Fire Department is currently underway. Fortunately, there was no one present at the lean-to at the time of the fire, there were no injuries and the fire did not affect any other area(s) of The Point. Efforts are already underway to rebuild the lean-to as soon as possible and The Point will remain open during this time.”