LIVE OAK — A weekend fire that burned the fishing pier at Suwannee Lake has not produced any clues or information.
Suwannee County Fire Rescue received a call around 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning about a fire at Suwannee Lake from a person who had arrived hoping to fish after leaving the night before around 8 p.m.
According to a SCFR release, when crews arrived the pier was already completely burned.
Eddie Hand, the interim fire chief, said there is no more information known about the fire.
Tim White, the county’s fire marshal, investigated the scene but with the dock completely burned, there wasn’t much to go on.
Hand said it could have been a campfire set by someone fishing Saturday night that spread or that someone even, without thinking, set on the dock.
“There’s been no information come forward,” Hand said. “It was so burned up, there was really nothing to get any investigation off of…There was no evidence to prove one way or the other (whether it was malicious intent).
“We’re hoping someone will come forward with some information, but we haven’t heard anything yet.”
Sheriff Sam St. John, whose office is working with SCFR as well as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the State Fire Marshal on the investigation, said the FWC did have a camera in the area of the pier.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact SCFR at 386-364-3404 or the SCSO at 386-362-2222.
The fishing pier at the lake was constructed in February 2016 prior to Suwannee Lake reopening after having been closed for three years for revitalization.
The 63-acre lake, which was built in 1967 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, was drained while closed and had organic material scraped from the bottom, removing around 60,000 cubic yards of organic muck. Wooded vegetation along the shoreline was also removed at that time.
When Suwannee Lake reopened with the new dock, it became the only wheelchair accessible pier in the area. Volunteers used it to take patients from the Lake City VA Hospital fishing.