Walter Carman said he and his wife, Nancy, are doing OK but haven't decided about the future of the restaurant business, which they purchased in August last year. They also started a cruise-in this year on Wednesdays that has been well-received, he said.
Last month, the community lost a business when fire destroyed Becker's Tire Service on state Route 30 in the hamlet.
Grand Gorge Fire Chief D.J. Speenburgh said the cause of each fire remains under investigation but neither is considered suspicious. The fires were unfortunate developments, Speenburgh said, and the hope is that crews aren't called to a third blaze.
The fire at Sundaes was reported at about 3:30 a.m. Monday, he said, and the building was fully involved by the time crews reached the site. Speenburgh said he heard that the fire was reported by a passer-by, and county authorities are trying to identify and contact the caller.
Between 50 and 75 firefighters with about 10 trucks were at the scene Monday, Speenburgh said. The Stamford department provided its aerial truck, and crews sprayed water from the ladder onto the collapsed roof to augment hoses blasting water from the sides, he said.
Crews shuttled water from a hydrant at the Grand Gorge station and from nearby creek sources, Speenburgh said, and used portable ponds at the site.
The Grand Gorge department was back in service at about 1 p.m. Monday, the chief said.
A firefighter reported a minor back injury after slipping while trying to turn on a fire hydrant, Speenburgh said. The firefighter planned to seek medical attention and was expected to be all right, he said.
Carman said he and his wife expanded the menu after buying the business, which had been doing well financially.
Sundae's had a full-time cook, he said, and six girls worked as waitresses. The fare included hamburgers and full dinners, and 37 flavors of soft-serve and 16 varieties of hard ice cream were featured, Carman said.
The business was insured, Carman said, but he had no estimate on the financial loss.
"We don't really know what direction we're headed," said Carman, who lives in Gilboa and also has a business selling top soil.
Marie Decker and Chuck Valerio, who live on Cape Horn Road about 10 minutes from Sundaes, said the cruise-in events were "very popular."
The gatherings were an opportunity to meet people and share interests in restoring and driving old cars, Decker said. Sundaes served good food at reasonable prices, she said, and waitresses wore poodle skirts and the owners piped in 1950s music.
"We were very sorry to hear about the fire last night -- I'm sure many people will agree with me when I say that I hope they rebuild," Decker said in an email. "The owners are good people and made it fun for everyone. We wish them all the best."
On Sept. 27, about 100 firefighters from area departments responded to the blaze at Becker's Tire Service, owned by Ricky Haight. Speenburgh said county and state fire officials continue work to determine the cause of the conflagration.
On Monday, crews from Roxbury, Stamford, Prattsville and Hobart provided mutual aid, Speenburgh said, and Jefferson was on standby at Stamford's station. Many of the same crews turned out at both fires, demonstrating a "great effort" and ability to work together, he said.
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