Brackney Inn fire destroys business, family hopes to rebuild

BRACKNEY, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- What many people consider their second home has been destroyed. Friday night, a fire ripped through a popular Susquehanna county business.


"It's an old building... This was always my worst fear," said Greg MacBlane, owner of the Brackney Inn.

That fear...  Now his reality. Greg MacBlane tries to figure out his next step after a fire ripped through the old Brackney Inn.

Just before 5 p.m. Friday, MacBlane got a call from one of the cooks, saying the building was on fire.

Many fire companies rushed to the scene, evacuating the building and working to get the fire under control.

"The upstairs was fully involved when we got here we had fire extension coming out windows, back and the back windows upstairs," said Fire Chief Joe Tims, Silver Lake Fire Co.

A fire marshal is investigating what happened, and says the apartments upstairs are a total loss. People rented the upstairs apartments, but the downstairs was where everyone hungout. It was a very popular restaurant and bar. It was open for nearly 170 years.

"Long time building... it's been here forever," said Tims.

MacBlane took over the business 15 years ago. His son, Christian, remembers growing up here and working at the restaurant during the summers.

"It was tragic what happened," said Christian Carlini.

For the family of five, it's devastating.

"It means a lot to me and to my family," said Carlini.

But it will also be missed by many members of this community.


"This is like a second home to a lot of people," said MacBlane.

Many people parked their cars and got out to see the damage. And everyone was asking the same question... Will it reopen?


"I have no idea what it's going to take to rebuild. We'll just have to see what happens," said MacBlane.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 


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