Oneonta Landmark Burns Overnight
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – The Oneonta Fire Department is still on the scene after an early morning blaze destroyed landmark Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside.
The call came into the city fire department at 2:20 a.m. and professional firefighters arrived on the scene to find the restaurant fully engulfed. “It no longer exists,” said fireman Al Sayers Lutz. “It’s been completely destroyed.”
No one was in the building when the fire started, but two firemen reported minor injuries. No cause has been determined, and the investigation is ongoing.
Laurens, West Laurens, Milford, Morris, Schenevus, West Oneonta, Otego, Worcester, Unadilla, Wells Bridge, Franklin, Pindars Corners, East Meredith, Davenport and Sidney all gave mutual aid.
With no hydrants on Southside, water was drawn from the Susquehanna River and the creek behind the restaurant, as well as tankers filled at the hydrant near the Golden Guernsey.