PHOTOS: Overnight fire destroys part of Lake Cumberland marina
An overnight fire took out a number of buildings at Conley Bottom Resort in Wayne County.
The fire destroyed an office, cafe and some boats, right before one of the busiest times of the summer season. Those at the marina said Memorial Day weekend will be busy as usual, or as close to usual as possible.
Conley Bottom managers and owners said it could have been much worse. Their rental boats, jet skis and other items used heavily on holiday weekends were spared.
No one was injured, and the fire stayed away from houseboats and other residential areas. People said it is sad, though, that a place that holds so many good memories in the summer is now gone.
"Just how it's going to affect the coming weekend, everyone for the summer. I mean, this is our home," said Rosie Slone, who lives near the marina. "Even though we just live up the street, we are here all the time. It's wonderful. We all love it."
The owner said they will have a temporary structure built to take reservations and to check people in that are coming in this weekend.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Kentucky Branded launched a T-shirt to raise money for Conley Bottom. 100 percent of the net proceeds will go directly to the marina. The shirts are $20 apiece.
Parts of the popular Conley Bottom Resort in Wayne County were destroyed by a large fire Monday morning.
Radio station WKYM in Monticello reports it started around 2 a.m. at the Conley Bottom Resort on Lake Cumberland and the main dock and Lighthouse Cafe areas appear to be destroyed.
Our sister station WKYT reports
The co-owner of the marina also said a houseboat used by the marina was also damaged.
"Just like to ask everyone to come on down. We are still going to be here," said Fred Piercy with the Conley Bottom Marina.
The marina plans to remain open for Memorial Day weekend. Rentals will still be available.
We do not know how the fire started at this time.
Kentucky Branded is launching a campaign on their Facebook to raise money for Conley Bottom. All proceeds will go to the Marina.