LONG LAKE - The fire that razed the Adirondack Blarney Stone early Saturday morning, two days after the pub opened for the season, is now considered suspicious in nature, police said.
State police Investigator Joel Revette, who is conducting the investigation, said the state Office of Fire Prevention has not officially determined the cause and origin of the blaze, but an investigation of the scene did not reveal the fire to have started accidentally.
Revette said police are investigating some leads, but have not determined a motive.
Electrical lines spark as the Adirondack Blarney Stone burns just after 5 a.m. Saturday.
(Photo — Scott C. Louth)
Tom Donnelly uses his logging truck to demolish the burned remains of the Adirondack Blarney Stone Saturday in Long Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
Revette said police have ruled out the possibility of the fire being set by the owners of the restaurant, John and Jackie Heron, for insurance money.
"They've poured every dollar they ever made back into the building trying to get it to work," Revette said.
He said insurance usually doesn't pay nearly as much as is put into a business.
The blaze came after a light in the ladies room caught fire on Friday night around midnight, when the bar was still open. The Long Lake All Volunteer Fire Department responded to that small fire and "made sure there was nothing else going on to their satisfaction," said Revette. The bar reopened for a little bit longer before closing between 2 and 3 a.m. Saturday. The large fire was reported around 5 a.m.
Police are awaiting the results of samples taken from the building and a full report from the state fire agency, both of which could take a few weeks, Revette said.
Police are looking for information from people who may have been in the area near the intersection of state routes 30 and 28N in Long Lake Saturday morning. Anyone with information should call state police at 897-2000.
Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.