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Resort lodge destroyed by fire in Madison County, N.C.

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Courtesy: Ebb's Chapel Fire Department Courtesy: Ebb's Chapel Fire Department
Courtesy: Ebb's Chapel Fire Department Courtesy: Ebb's Chapel Fire Department
MADISON COUNTY, NC (WJHL) - A lodge and restaurant building at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort in Madison County, N.C. is destroyed after being engulfed in flames.
Smoking embers and a chimney are all that's left after the building was leveled by the early morning fire.

Madison County dispatchers said the call came in around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday about a fire on Wolf Ridge Road.

When firefighters, from five different departments arrived on scene, they found the lodge fully engulfed in flames and partially collapsed.

Ebb's Chapel Volunteer Fire Chief Josh Jenkins said the weather conditions Wednesday morning, made the firefighters' job even more difficult.

"Several inches of snow on the roads, 20 to 30 mile per hour winds, 11 degrees was our temperature on scene this morning... With the road conditions the way they were, it was really difficult to get the equipment where we needed it," Jenkins said.

Wolf Ridge Manager Russell Fox said by the time he got to the scene around 8:30 Wednesday morning, the lodge was already gone. 

"The roads were really slick, fire apparatus was unable to get here, and once they were here, they were unable to get off to get water, so there was really nothing that they could do," Fox said.

Jenkins said the fire rapidly destroyed the building, "It was fully involved when we first got here, and had a partial collapse within 5 minutes of our first units' arriving on scene."

The damage isn't limited to the lodge. "It did get into one of our chair lifts, we don't know the extent of the damage to it at this time, but it did damage one of our chair lifts as well," Fox told News Channel 11.

Fox said while he and the resort's owners are upset about the fire, it won't have too much of an effect on this season's business.

"The timing of it with it happening right as ski season closes, I don't think it'll have a major impact on the ski resort itself. We have time to rebuild during the summer, so I wouldn't see it impacting the resort that much," he said.

Madison County Sheriff James Harwood told News Channel 11, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called in to help look into what caused the fire.

 No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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