Fire burns Fantasy Lake Water Park

December 17, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
The clubhouse at Fantasy Lake Water Park was destroyed by an early morning fire Thursday. Firefighters suspect arson.According to Cumberland County officials, a deputy spotted the clubhouse on Permastone Lake Road in flames around 1:20 a.m. He had been sent to the water park for a burglar alarm.

The Stoney Point Fire Department was immediately called out. The fire was so big that ten other fire departments were brought in to fight the blaze, including Fayetteville, Robeson County and Hoke County.

"It was completely on fire and just the building, behind it the shop where the maintenance stuff was starting to catch on fire, and then in just minutes the whole building was gone," said park owner Marjorie Turner.

The three-alarm fire required a lot of manpower and tankers had to get water from the lake because there is only one fire hydrant at Fantasy Lake Water Park. The blaze was finally brought under control three hours later.

Investigators say the blaze may have started in the shop area.

The summer getaway is located on a six-acre manmade lake with a clean white sand bottom surrounded by white sand beaches. The park's season closed on September 7.

"It's just sad to see it burn down cause I've been inside that building about 100 days every summer," said employee Matthew Mitchell.

Turner said they have no insurance for the damage, but they will still open the park in May.


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