Raging Inferno Engulfs Big Apple Country Tavern

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Beach Lake -- Firefighters are battling a raging fire at a landmark tavern in Wayne County.

Flames can be seen shooting through the roof of Big Apple Country Tavern in Beach Lake on route 652.

Newswatch 16 is told fire crews are having a tough time getting water from a nearby lake because it is frozen.

The Beach Lake fire chief said power to about 2,000 customers had to be turned off while they were fighting the fire.

The daughter of owner told Newswatch 16 she believed the fire started in the chimney but the exact cause of the fire is under investigation.


  • Jack Maginsky

    We are so sorry to hear of The Big Apple burning down My Aunt and Uncle, Eunice Wonders Billiard and her husband Fred, built the Big Apple in the 1930’s.Her father, Henry Wonders, ran it during WWII
    Then Henry’s daughter Ceal then ran it with her husband Bill Magimsky and their boys ran it. It was truly a landmark

  • Louis Rynda

    Had many good time in the Big Apple I’m gonna miss that place so sorry for your loss Ken and Barb …….Louis Rynda

  • Eddie Seber

    I have 4 videos on my Facebook wall I shared of footage of the Big Apple Fire. See for updates.

      • Rich Punzi

        Hi Becky sad news on the Big Apple, We all had some good times playing there years ago. I’m sure you remember me. Give me a call I’m listed

      • Frank Higgins

        Becky Lee…I remember you when u played with Steve..I believe u played the bass… I think u flew a plane too??? I used to stay at tall trees for the whole month of July…..I have so many great memories of the bar….Steve and Joan would always let us kids hang out play pool eat burgers and listen u guys every sat night….RIP Big Apple!!!!….. FX Higgins.

      • Marian Bailey AKA Becky Lee

        Yes, I played bass with Steve for years. Fire sure brought tears to my eyes.

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