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.

For example, Brannoin said, the facility is moving forward with plans to host its 10th-annual Mother’s Day Buffet in the Gold Room on Sunday, May 11.

In fact, he does not expect the incident to have any effect on the Banquet Hall’s party schedule, as the only occasions planned for this month are scheduled for the White and Blue rooms, which were unaffected by the blaze.

“We’re looking really good, where it’s not going to affect any of our parties,” Brannoin said.

Thanks firefighters

In addition to Brunell, he noted, the Sample family wished to thank the fire crews for working so quickly to extinguish the flames.

Providing on-scene assistance or standby coverage were firefighters from Champlain, Rouses Point, Chazy, Beekmantown, Ellenburg Depot, Ellenburg Center, District 3, West Chazy, Cumberland Head, Hemmingford and South Plattsburgh fire departments.

Clinton County Office of Emergency Services Deputy Fire Coordinators also responded to assist at the scene and determine the blaze’s cause and origin, which were still under investigation Sunday afternoon, according to Day.

Brannoin added that the Sample family was very appreciative of the outpouring of support they had received via the Banquet Hall’s Facebook page.

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