SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) - Firefighters are still trying to figure out what caused that massive fire at Brunelle's Marina in South Hadley on Friday.
Luke Brunelle, one of the marina's co-owner, buzzed around his busy marina as boaters geared up for a good day on Saturday. The day's clear skies and warm water proved to be the perfect combination for a day out on the river. "Very excited, it's been a lousy summer so far and it'll be nice to get out there and enjoy some sunshine," said Diane Graveline of Feeding Hills.
A rainy start to the boating season kept boats off the docks for weeks. But this weekend's promising forecast brought boaters back to Brunelle's; one day after a massive fire destroyed the marina's Dockside Restaurant.
"It's a shame they did a real good business. Fridays and Saturday nights this place was packed. It's a shame, but he'll come back. I hope he builds it bigger and better," said David Morrison of South Hadley.
This is the second restaurant to be destroyed by a fire this year in South Hadley. But the Dockside Restaurant is far from closed employees will continue to operate under a tent and serve hot dogs and hamburgers.
"It's gonna be the makeshift dockside for a while. Some of our cooks are coming in, our bartenders. And we have a seasonal liquor license. So we're going to serve basics. It's gonna be a good day, we're going to make it a good day. I'm surrounded by a lot of good people, a lot of good staff," said Brunelle on Saturday morning.
Brunelle says the support from families who've been part of the marina's history for more than five decades will help them come back as survivors and stronger than ever before.