Fire Destroys Wareham Landmark Restaurant [VIDEO]
WAREHAM — A Wareham landmark for almost 70 years is no more, after a fire gutted the Cranberry Cottage restaurant at 246 Marion Road early Thursday morning.
About 35 firefighters battled a fire at the restaurant, the cause of which is still under investigation. One firefighter was injured, although the extent of the injuries is unknown at this time.
The fire was first reported at 12:45 a.m., and it took nearly nine hours for the scene to be cleared. Mutual aid was received from nearby Onset, Marion, Rochester and Carver Fire Departments, as Wareham firefighters battled the blaze inside the single-story, wood-framed restaurant.
The restaurant was unoccupied at the time of the fire, which officials have determined to be accidental. Members of the Wareham Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and the State Fire Marshal's office were on scene to help with the investigation. Fire officials determined the restaurant to be a "total loss," with one entire side burned and the "inside gutted," according to a press release sent to WBSM News.
The release estimates the damage at $500,000.
It is unknown at this time if owners Chandara Chuon and wife Sophea Long plan to rebuild. The couple purchased the restaurant in early May.
Video courtesy of neighbor Nick Abbott on Facebook: