Blaze Destroys Pavilion, Other Structures at Fire Island Pines

(images courtesy jordan cohen)

Here are the smoking remains of the Pavilion complex and several other buildings which burned last night starting about 9:15 pm.


Michael Lavers at Fire Island News:

A fast moving fire destroyed the Pavilion and at least two other structures in the Fire Island Pines commercial district late on Monday, Nov. 14.

Initial reports indicate the blaze broke out around 9:15 p.m. It quickly engulfed the Pavilion, C.F. LaFountaine, Sip N' Twirl, the Pines Bistro and a bay front home. Walter Boss of the Fire Island Pines Fire Department confirmed to The News around 11:20 p.m. that the fire destroyed the Pavilion, La Fountaine, the Sip N' Twirl complex that includes the Bistro and a bay front home. Businesses north of the Pavilion along the harbor appear to have been unscathed.

Dozens of firefighters from the Pines, Ocean Bay Park, Davis Park, Point O' Woods, Cherry Grove, Ocean Beach, Fair Harbor, Saltaire, Kismet, East Islip, West Islip, Hagerman, Sayville, Bellport, Great River and Bay Shore responded. There are no reported injuries.

Last night:


The Pavilion complex on Fire Island Pines was hit by a major fire this evening.

News12 Long Island: "At least 19 fire departments have responded to a large fire that broke out this evening on a large dock structure in Fire Island Pines. Officials say that the fire broke out at 36 Fire Island Blvd. at around 9:15 p.m. According to fire officials, there are multiple dwellings on the dock structure. Police say there were no immediate reports of injuries..."

There are no details as to what may have started the fire...


(image via Fire Island Pines historical preservation society on FB)

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  1. I'm so sorry for Flip's own sad life since he was unable or unwilling to enjoy the Pines for what it is. It is ANYTHING you want it to be!
    From forever solitary walks on pristine beaches to meals with new lifetime friends. Parties and fun when you want them everywhere in a comfortable LGTB setting sprinkled with very welcoming and embracing heterosexuals.
    While some of the posts have been eloquent and just plain terrific... the truth is that the magic, spirit and essence of the Pines is too special to put into words. It is lost on some but, treasured by most who are lucky enough to experience it.
    I've been going for 14 years, fell in love with it the first season and am still in love with the Pines now!
    Get the Permits and start rebuilding !! They will be open by May :)

    Posted by: Russ | Nov 15, 2011 10:17:12 AM

  2. @MARK. That's a great idea. They should call the next bar THE PHOENIX

    Posted by: ForEnglandJames | Nov 15, 2011 10:40:43 AM

  3. I used to go early in the mornings (when I could get out there.) and sit on the deck and read, study and draw. It was very quiet and peaceful and no one hassled you. I'm looking forward to many more days out there just resting. It's a reprieve from city living.

    My heart goes out to any injured and bravo for those that pitched in (firefighters and all) who put their lives at risk to stop it from doing more damage. Support the community.

    -Good Thoughts-

    Posted by: Papa | Nov 15, 2011 10:41:46 AM

  4. Our VOLUNTEER firefighters do and awsome, unpaid and under-appreciated job, putting their lives on the line and their families on hold (while everyone else is lounging on the beach) to train for such catastrophic events and they are all to be commended for an obviously well done job in containing this fire.

    Posted by: Delia Farrell | Nov 15, 2011 5:29:32 PM

  5. Lets not forget that we are a community.This fire is a symbol of what is happening to us.We need to come together rebuild the Pines and then maybe the United States of America.

    Posted by: Brian | Nov 15, 2011 9:33:02 PM

  6. The Pines is one of the most magical places on Earth.. and I am a straight, 55 year old woman who grew up in the Pines with my gay brother and all his beautiful friends. It was like being a Princess and having all these gorgeous men around all the time.. who treated you with such love and respect and so much fun!! The best times of my life were spent right there!! Cannot wait to see what they build there and thank Goodness no none was hurt!

    Posted by: dawn | Nov 16, 2011 11:40:15 AM

  7. The first of many summers in the Pines was the summer of 1975. My lover (long since deceased) and I lived in a beautiful A-frame house on Fisherman's Walk (wonder if it is still standing?) The Pines was a magical fairy tale world unto itself, where caftans billowed along the walks after tea dance, and where rusty red Radio Flyers, then the only things on wheels, screeched with their own sadness as they conveyed our belongings down to the dock for our trip back to reality. Those were the days, my friend. We thought they would never end. But they did. And now it is your time. For those who take perverse joy over the fiery tragedy, you are dead inside, and unlike the Pavilion, can never be ressurected.

    Posted by: Jack | Nov 16, 2011 12:20:26 PM

  8. My great and deep appreciation to the FIRE ISLAND PINES VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT who risked their lives to save our community on Monday night while they were waiting for the ferries to bring in additional firefighters. Our volunteer fire dept was still working through today, that is almost 48 hours since this fire began. Never has Fire Island ever seen such a fire. The buildings will be rebuilt, no one was hurt, and once again, we protect our own, we are a family in Fire Island Pines, a YEAR ROUND family that people may not understand when they come for the 4th of July or a party week, but we are a community that lives and some of us work , all year long in the Pines, we stick together and we are a proud community who welcomes everyone. It would take more than Hurricane Irene or this enormous fire to shake us....

    Posted by: Island Properties | Nov 16, 2011 5:42:37 PM

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