Stratton base lodge fire causes damage

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STRATTON >> A chimney fire damaged sections of the Stratton Mountain base lodge Tuesday morning.

No one was hurt in the fire that started in Grizzly's Bar and Restaurant, located on the second floor of the lodge, and was discovered around 5:30 a.m.

"There was no one in the building," said Stratton Mountain Marketing Director Myra Foster. "We're meeting with the fire marshal and the inspector to determine clean-up steps and get an ETA on reopening."

Shops in the village were operating along with lifts, Foster told the Reformer around 9:15 a.m. At that time, yellow caution tape was keeping people out of the lodge. Members of the Stratton Mountain Volunteer Fire Department were seen walking into the first floor from a rear access near the parking lot while a Winhall Fire Department truck was parked near another access by the gondola with hoses running into the building.

Later in the day, an e-mail from Stratton Mountain Resort officials stated that the fire was contained to Grizzly's kitchen and was put out with help from local fire companies, Stratton employees and the sprinkler system. Damage beyond the kitchen was mostly due to water and clean up was under way. Guest services, ticket windows, Stratton Sports, bag check and rentals will be open in the base lodge.

Officials hope to have the building, besides the kitchen, fully operation by the weekend. But that will depend upon fire marshal approval. Updates will be posted via Facebook and the snow report page on stratton.com.

Foster said the Stratton department was the first to respond.

"There was damage to the food and beverage office in getting access to the fire and we're assessing damage," she said. "The east wing was unaffected. There is water damage in the west wing."

Visitors to the ski resort were being directed to park at Sun Bowl, another section of the mountain with parking and a base lodge. Skiers and snowboarders could then get back to the main base area where other services were still in operation. According to a snow report, eight lifts and 97 trails were open.

Contact Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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