Bluff Point, NY Hotel Champlain Fire, May 1910

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Famous Summer Resort on Bluff Point Completely Gutted---Employes[sic] Escape.

ALBANY, May 25.---The Hotel Champlain, one of the largest Summer resorts in Northern New York, was destroyed by fire early this morning. No guests were in the hotel at the time, as it had not yet been opened for the Summer season.

When the fire started the fire department at Plattsburg, three miles away, and two companies of regulars from the barracks, two miles away, were summoned, but they were unable to cope with the flames, which soon destroyed the immense building and annex. The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained. No loss of life is reported. The hotel was owned by the Delaware & Hudson Company. It was to have been reopened on June 25.

There were about sixty employes[sic] in the building when the fire was discovered. It started in the central part of the main structure, some of them scrambling over the broad verandas. The fire could be seen for miles up and down Lake Champlain.

Bluff Point was a favorite spot of the late President McKinley and was the Summer capital of the United States at one period of his Administration. It commanded views of the lake for miles and was the headquarters of the New York State Lake Champlain Tercentenary Commission during last Summer's celebration, at which President Taft was entertained.

Although the cause of the fire has not been ascertained, it is believed to have resulted from a lighted cigarette or cigar carelessly thrown aside. Vice President C. S. Sims of the Delaware & Hudson Company said to-day that the loss would amount to about $300,000. It was insured for $233,000.

The New York Times, New York, NY 26 May 1910