FIRE ISLAND PINES, N.Y. – Officials have yet to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a multi-million-dollar complex of nightclubs and restaurants in a community on New York’s Fire Island.
The blaze erupted Monday night in Fire Island Pines. Firefighters spent hours dousing flames at the Pavilion nightclub and other structures near the center of the community south of Long Island. No one was injured.
The nightclub complex was purchased last year for a reported $17 million. Other restaurants and businesses, and a neighboring home, were also damaged.
A spokeswoman for the Suffolk County police said the arson squad is investigating.
Fire Island Pines is a well-heeled community and a well-known gay enclave. Pines residents earn more than $300,000 annually and summer rentals often fetch as much as $10,000 a week.