Blue sky frames smoke and water spray. Alison Shaw

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Island fire departments were on the scene Thursday morning responding to a three-alarm fire at the Ocean View restaurant in Oak Bluffs. The call went out just after 10 a.m. Thursday for the fire at 16 Chapman avenue. Heavy smoke filled the air and was visible across the harbor. Flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the restaurant.

Comments (11)

Tracey Wilson, Oak Bluffs
God Bless my Ocean View Family. Positive vibes, Tracey and Troy Wilson
March 3, 2022 - 2:10pm
eric, rockland, me
a vineyard gem, a hideaway & refuge, may the folks who worked there survive & have peace
March 3, 2022 - 4:40pm
Toby Condliffe, Toronto, Ontario
Unless I'm mistaken, which is quite possible, this is the second time the Ocean View was destroyed by fire in freezing winter weather. I remember a larger Ocean View building. Did it include a hotel? The MV Lions Club used to meet in its restaurant. I'm sure the Gazette morgue has details of the first fire.
March 3, 2022 - 10:40pm
Mark Porta, West Falmouth, MA
You are correct Toby. My grandparents owned the property, which did indeed include a hotel, when it first burned down in 1965.
March 4, 2022 - 2:16pm
Donalexander and Sadie Goss, Oak Bluffs
Our first response was “thank God no one lost their lives”, but this is a loss for our community. Ocean View not only provide a moderately priced place to eat provided a place, but a place to gather as a community, see familiar faces and friends, and a place of employment to provide for individuals and their families. Our hearts go out to the Ocean View team for all that it has meant to many. We always felt welcomed, and cared for by the whole staff.
March 4, 2022 - 9:56am
KAREN WELLS, South Orange NJ
So sorry to hear this. Hope everyone is ok and they recover.
March 4, 2022 - 1:16pm
Dante Natale, Yaedley,PA
One of our all time favorite family places to gather for so many years. So sorry for Mike and his team. The Island has lost a true landmark.
March 4, 2022 - 4:43pm
Jim and Debi Reidy, 14 Chapman Ave
Many many thanks to all the firemen for saving our house. We are in Costa Rica and we’re called by a neighbor before the fire department arrived. When the new Ocean View is ready we will buy beers for all the fire department personnel. Thanks so much
March 5, 2022 - 11:21am
Nancy Beckwith, Oak Bluffs
This is so heartbreaking. We have always been big fans of the Ocean View and go often. It is obvious from all the posts on social media that the Ocean View and all who worked there mean a lot to the community. Many of us have special memories. We suffer as a community when things like this happen but hopefully they will rebuild and be back once again.
March 5, 2022 - 2:45pm
Sheila Regan, Plymouth Ma.
We are so sorry for your loss! We had so many wonderful visits when sailing to the Island on our 38 foot vessel The Bear! So many wonderful memories! Please rebuild!!
March 6, 2022 - 2:16pm
Thelma Johnson , Naples, FL
So sorry for the owners loss! We will remember the site for we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at the restaurant in 2018! Our photos will be more precious as we view them and remember our anniversary as well as the countless times we enjoyed meals in the restaurant and ordered takeout entrées. We hope issues work out. An Island favorite site will be missed. Blessings on all individuals who share this tremendous loss.
March 9, 2022 - 4:12pm


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