Massive Fire Destroys Abandoned Nightclub in Central Massachusetts

October 14, 2009

A century-old abandoned building that was once a popular nightclub in Central Massachusetts has been destroyed in a spectacular fire.

The nearly 22,000 square-foot building on an island on Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury was quickly consumed Sunday night. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The building was initially a club house, but in the early 20th century was converted to the Hi-Hat, a club with a restaurant, dance floor and bar.

The beach it stood on, Tatassit Beach, became a popular swimming spot in the 1950s.

The building had been abandoned for about 20 years and had fallen into disrepair.

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