PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Crews from multiple counties responded to a popular restaurant, banquet hall and golf shop when it caught fire Thursday night.
Mike Miller of Tafton Fire Company said, “Toned out for a fire alarm about ten to twelve. We got here within six or seven minutes, and we had smoke and fire coming through the roof already on arrival. We worked on it, we went to, I believe a fourth alarm, trying to battle the flames, which for such a large building, it was pretty tough.”
Paupack Hills has been here for decades, has multiple uses, and at this time of year has about a dozen employees.
Eyewitness News was told that staff left the building sometime after eleven last night.
During the height of the fire, getting water to the site was a challenge. Tankers were called in from Pike, Monroe, Wayne, Lackawanna, and Sullivan counties.
“We were having some issues with the cold weather, trying to get water supplies established. We had to get some extra help. So we started setting up three different water supplies to make sure that we can have a continuous water flow on the fire,” says Chief Terry Root.
A state police fire marshal says the fire started in the attic of the building. Due to the extensive amount of damage, a cause could not be determined. The investigation is ongoing. The building was determined to be a total loss.