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Spencer Boatworks destroyed by fire

A local business was destroyed by fire over the weekend.

According to officials with the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Spencer Boatworks, located off state Route 3 just outside Saranac Lake, caught fire at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing, but fire Chief Brendan Keough says lightning may be to blame.

Several classic boats were lost in the blaze, and the building itself was completely destroyed.

Firefighters were back in service by about noon Saturday.

In an email sent to WNBZ, owner Jay Annis explained that fire destroyed the main shop and office building portion of the business.

"Antique marine hardware, multiple boats, shop equipment, and personal effects were lost in the fire," he said, noting that other storage units at the complex were unaffected.

Annis says he and his employees were busy over the holiday weekend contacting clients and making arrangements for business to continue without interruption.

"We will be utilizing existing infrastructure and our off-site facilities," Annis said, adding that more information and updates can be found at the business's website, www.spencerboatworks.com.

"We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of offers of help from the community," Annis said. "I'd like to thank everyone for their help and particularly our dedicated employees, the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and other responding fire departments, and my neighbor, John Curtis."

Annis says he will rebuild and he looks forward to continuing normal business operations.

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