Today we received an e-mail from fellow Woody Boater Kent O. Smith with the news that Spencer Boatworks in Saranac Lake, NY was destroyed by fire on Saturday morning.
The Press-Republican Newspaper in Plattsburgh, NY reported…
SARANAC LAKE — Fire destroyed a popular local business here early Saturday morning. Spencer Boatworks, which designs, restores and builds mahogany boats, caught fire around 1 a.m. Early reports indicated that the business was struck by lightning, but the official cause is still pending investigation, according to a news release from the Saranac Lake Fire Department. Several high-priced, classic boats were lost in the blaze, which leveled the large, wood building.
The owner’s wife, Stacey Annis, said that while her husband’s business was insured, there were several antiques lost in the blaze. “Some things just can’t be replaced,” she said.
It was estimated that the damage could total up to $2 million. The owner, Jay Annis, couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday evening. For the complete story and photos click here to go to the Press-Republican Newspaper web site.
The village of Saranac Lake lies in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. In addition to being surrounded by countless beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers, Saranac Lake is a historical, cultural and artistic hub of the Adirondack region. Nestled between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid, it is just over two and a half hours from Albany, NY, Burlington, VT and Montreal, Canada.
Spencer Boatworks was founded nearly 25 years ago and has hosted many local ACBS Workshops. You can go directly to the Spencer Boatworks web site by clicking here. As Kent O. Smith said in his e-mail… “It’s sad that any antique & classic boatshop is destroyed” and we agree. Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire.