One Illinois Resort Suffered Massive Fire and Destruction on Memorial Day [Photos]
When it comes to the most popular vacation resorts in Illinois, Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock in Utica, Illinois is always at the top of the list, especially for families. Sadly, a massive fire broke out at Grand Bear Resort on Memorial Day, and the destruction it left behind was massive.
Memorial Day Fire At Grand Bear Resort
When I finally hopped on Facebook last night, I was heartbroken to see all the news updates about the fire at Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock. Not only did my heart hurt over the situation, but it was Memorial Day weekend, so I'm sure the resort was packed with guests and I was worried about everyone's safety! Thankfully, no one was
The flames began around 5:30 p.m. and it took 52 different fire crews about 90 minutes to extinguish them. The Grand Bear Resort released this statement last night...
The total amount of time the fire burned might not have been long, but the destruction it left behind was massive. An Oglesby, Illinois resident named Richard Baldridge shared these photos he caught by drone of the blaze in progress, and what it looks like today now that the smoke has cleared...
According to an article shared by mystateline.com today, fire crews are still trying to determine what started the fire, but they do not suspect any foul play.
Seven total cabins, which each contained 4 privately owned units, were destroyed by the fire, but this tragic news does come with a slight silver lining; no one was hurt in the blaze.
Is Grand Bear Resort Currently Open to Guests?
By some miracle, many of the buildings and attractions that make up Grand Bear Resort in Utica were spared from fire damage and remain open for visitors' enjoyment. Here is the update Grand Bear Resort released Tuesday morning...
For information or new updates from Grand Bear Resort, please visit grandbearresort.com.