Strong winds provoked mass fire what destroyed seven cabins at the Grand Bear Resort near Starved Rock State Park in Northern Utica on Memorial Day, according to the authorities.
Firefighters with Utica Fire Department first replied to the resort at approximately 17:23 in in relation to a fully engaged porch fire in the cabin on in property, according to Utica Fire Protection District Assistant Fire Chief Drew Partain. By the time firefighters arrived, which happened about 10 minutes after the initial call, the two cabins had already was absorbed in flame. There were seven cabins in total. destroyed in in fire.
A photo posted to social media showed that several houses in the resort caught fire, with clouds of smoke coming from buildings. BUT total of 57 fire units to the scene and provided assistance with putting out the fire according to Partain.
Firefighters reported people to avoid in area and succumb to the emergency vehicles as firefighting efforts continued in in hours after fire.
Each on in property was safely evacuated post at the resort Grand Bear on Facebook. No injuries were reported.
“Currently the lodge, water park and most of houses and villas on The site was not affected,” the statement said. post read. “We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support and concern from community.”
As of Monday evening, t. fire contained and in stages of overhaul, but not under control. Fire brigades were expected remain on scene during the night to put out hotspots, Parteyn said. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to help the displaced. fire.
it second main fire at the resort in four years.
January 2018 fire broken out at the resort lodge, resulting in in several fire units should be called to the scene.