Livingston restaurant fire under investigation
Darrin and Tara Buffa assess the damage on Sunday
LIVINGSTON – Investigators spent much of Sunday sifting through the rubble left from the Saturday morning fire that gutted a popular and historic restaurant in the Town of Livingston.
The Blue Store Hotel and Restaurant had been a fixture in Columbia County for more than 200 years. The blaze engulfed the three-story building in just a few hours.
The facility, once a hotel, was most recently in the last decade a restaurant and bar.
Darrin and Tara Buffa have been operating it for over four years. They returned to the site on Sunday to watch fire investigators look for a cause.
“The fire is a mystery,” said Darrin Buffa. “We just don’t know what we’re going to do. This has been a staple of the community for over 200 years. We want to make it right.”
The fire broke out just before 2 a.m. Saturday. No one was in the building, according to fire officials.
A total of 16 fire departments fought the fire, which is now under investigation by the State Police BCI, Columbia County Cause and Origin Team and State Fire Inspector’s Office.