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An historic Southern Tier ski lodge that had ties to the 1964 World's Fair in New York City is no more.

The lodge at the Cockaigne Ski Center in Chatauqua County was destroyed by flames overnight. About 150 firefighters from seven fire departments were involved in the battle.

Linda Johnson, a spokeswoman for Cockaigne, says the fire is not just devastating to the ski center – but the nearby community as well.

"The building's gone. The ski-lifts still run, and the grooming equipment is all right," said Johnson. "(But) I feel sorry for anybody that comes there...it's going to be tough."

Chatauqua County Executive Greg Edwards traveled to Cherry Creek to meet with the owner Jack Van Scoter. Edwards says the building has quite a history.

"Originally constructed at the World's Fair, and then disassembled and moved out to Chatauqua County," reflected Edwards, "it really has been a key part of the ski industry in Chatauqua County for decades."

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

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# Mike
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 6:09 PM
I'm sorry to hear about this. My group was to be going there this Sat.
Cockaigne was a return to the past whenever we were there. Sometimes it's just a nice feeling you get from the place.

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