Fire

Crews from several fire companies responded to a fire reported at 9 p.m. on Saturday night in Lower Windsor Township.

The Lake View Yacht Club, located along the 1700 block of Long Level Road, is a total loss, said Deputy Fire Chief Marlin Mellinger of East Prospect Fire Co.

About eight fire companies were at the scene and had the fire out in about 45 minutes, said Mellinger.

Crews remained at the scene until around 1 a.m., said Mellinger.

A state police fire marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire, Mellinger said.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire, he said.

One firefighter was treated by EMS crews at the scene for an injury to his eye, said Mellinger.

The single story building serves as a clubhouse and dining hall, said Mellinger.

Slippery roads due to snow and ice made for a slower response initially, he said.

The club, also known as the Lake View Power Boat Club, has about 60 members, said Red Lion resident William Scullion Jr., who serves as the club's treasurer.

"We have a kitchen and make french fries and hamburgers," Scullion said. "But it's not the big yacht club that comes to mind."

The club isn't busy during the winter months, but is very active during boating season in the summer, Scullion said.

Joe Vengoechea, commodore of the club, said they plan to rebuild but were still waiting on Sunday to hear back from their insurance agent for more information.

"It's basically a complete loss, but a pavilion off to the side was saved," Vengoechea said. "The fire companies that responded did a very excellent job."

It's possible the blaze was caused by an electrical malfunction, Vengoechea said.

Some people had been in the clubhouse that evening and left around 8:15 p.m., he said.

The club began in 1959 and members each have a key and can access the clubhouse year-round, he said.

Vengoechea has been a member since 1979.

"It's just been a good bunch of guys and we have a good time on the river," he said. "I like it so much we just bought a house down there too."