An early morning fire Monday at Conley Bottom Resort created
devastating damage at the popular marina. The Lighthouse Cafe, the
marina store, the office building and a maintenance building were
destroyed by the fire, according to Monticello Fire Chief Steve Ferrell.
Ferrell said his department was notified of the fire at 2:11 a.m.,
and when he arrived on the scene, three buildings were already
engulfed in flames. Since the facility was closed, there was no one
inside the buildings.
The Susie Fire Department was called out to provide mutual aid for a
fire that proved to be difficult to battle, since fire trucks could
not access the marina area where the buildings were burning. Ferrell
said that the Wayne County Rescue Squad provided boats which helped
firemen battle the blaze.
There was some concern about the gas pumps located on the dock, but
Ferrell said they were not damaged in the fire. Ferrell said that
several boats sustained some damage, including a john boat, a
pontoon, and two houseboats. Two of those were marina owned vessels.
Ferrell said it was difficult to determine where the fire started.
He said security at the marina indicated they first saw the blaze in
the restaurant building. The fire department remained on the scene
until nearly 10 a.m. Tuesday.
In a statement issued on Monday morning, Conley Bottom Resort
officials noted that despite the devastating fire at the dock, there
was no loss of any private boats or rental boats.
Dock officials have stated that they are anticipating doing all
rentals for the upcoming holiday weekend.
The Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and Wayne County EMS also assisted at the scene.