Police, Fire, Courts

April 7, 2014

Rainbow Banquet Hall damaged by fire

Hits one wing of Altona banquet complex; spring events OK

ALTONA — A fire damaged the Rainbow Wedding & Banquet Hall here Sunday morning.

According to Clinton County Dispatch, report of a blaze at 47 Woods Falls Road came in at about 5:45 a.m.

The fire was generally confined to the large facility’s Gold Room wing, “with some extension to the roof above in the attic space,” Clinton County Office of Emergency Services Director Eric Day said in a media release.

Quick response

Altona and Mooers volunteer fire departments were able to combat the initial blaze quickly, he noted, slowing the advancement of the flames and sparing the Banquet Hall “from what could have been a much worse fate.”

Still, Day said, “there was extensive overhaul requiring opening ceilings (and) some interior walls and getting to fire and hot spots in the eaves, attic and ridge of the large wood-frame building.”

The facility, which regularly hosts weddings, parties and other events, is owned by Jane and Peck Sample, who were out of town when the incident occurred.

The family received word of the fire just before 6 a.m., according to Brannoin Sample, who operates the facility’s house DJ service, Dance Rhythms.

The blaze started in a utility room at the entrance of the Gold Room, he noted, and was contained to that area.

“We don’t really know too much more at this point in time,” Brannoin said.

No injuries

No one was at the facility when the flames broke out, he added, and no injuries resulted from the incident.

“Everybody was safe,” Brannoin said.

The fire, he noted, was reported by Press-Republican delivery driver Kim Brunell, who passed by the location while delivering newspapers.

“She helped us out,” Brannoin said.

Spring events

While the Gold Room did suffer some water and smoke damage, he noted, Rota Restoration will be taking care of the cleanup, which is expected to be completed in time to accommodate the space’s upcoming events, none of which are scheduled until next month.

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