A FIRE AT A POPULAR RESORT IN THE DELLS CAUSES 5 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE… IT HAPPENED EARLY THIS MORNING AT AN EMPLOYEE DORM, ON THE GROUNDS OF THE WILDERNESS HOTEL AND GOLF RESORT. ERIC FRANKE IN IN THE NEWSROOM WITH MORE DETAILS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. THIS WAS A MASSIVE FIRE MARK AND SUSAN.. MOST IMPORTANTLY.. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.. THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS WAS A DORM THAT WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION SO NO ONE WAS SLEEPING INSIDE WHEN THIS FIRE BROKE OUT AROUND 4 A-M… WILDERNESS SECURITY FIRST NOTICED SMOKE AT 3-55… AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE OF THE RESORT’S J-1 DORMITORY… FIRE CREWS GOT THERE 15 MINUTES LATER TO FIND THE BUILDING FULL ENGULFED… BY THAT TIME ALL THEY COULD DO IS SAVE NEIGHBORING BUILDINGS. ((( DARREN JORGENSON/LAKE DELTON FIRE [email protected]: “it was fully with fire, so there was nothing to save except for the exposures so that was our job number one was to first make sure everyone was safe and evacuation took place right away, then
we just did exposure proteciton, keeping the neighborinb buildings from being damaged by fire.” 22156))) THE ADJACENT DORM AND A HOME — BOTH OF WHICH WERE OCCUPIED.. WERE EVACUATED.. THEY DID SUSTAIN DAMAGE.. BUT THE FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO SAVE THOSE BUILDINGS ENOUGH, THAT RESIDENTS WERE BACK IN THEM EARLY THIS MORNING. NO CAUSE IS YET KNOWN AS THE INVESTIGATION GETS UNDERWAY.. BUT THE DAMAGE TOTAL WAS SUBSTANTIAL.. AS YOU SAID ROUGHLY 5 MILLION DOLLARS.. WILDERNESS OFFICIALS SAY THERE WAS NO DISRUPTION TO RESORT GUESTS.. IT’S OPERATING AS USUAL.. THAT DORM WAS TO OPEN IN TIME FOR ADDITIONAL SUMMER SEASONAL EMPLOYEES TO HAVE ADDITIONAL LODGING IN JUNE, MARK AND SUSAN. THANKS ERIC.