According to the Reno-Gazette Journal, a fire broke out and engulfed Homewood Mountain Resort’s south lodge early Wednesday morning. At 3:02am, Engines from North Tahoe Fire Protection District and Meeks Bay Fire Protection District responded to the report of a fire. When crews arrived on scene, they realized that they needed backup due to the sheer size of the fire, so additional help was requested from the North Lake Fire Protection District, Truckee Fire Protection District, Squaw Valley Fire Department, Northstar Fire Department, South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, and Lake Valley Fire Protection District.
“It’s been a difficult building due to the size and the volume and loading inside of the structure,” stated Battalion Chief Steve McNamara.
Thankfully, no casualties or injuries were reported involving this fire. After almost 5 hours of battling the blaze, firefighters transitioned into overhaul phase, which is one of the last phases in completely suppressing the fire. Tahoe Ski Bowl Way was opened to residents only by Wednesday night, but travelers were asked to drive with caution in the Homewood area near the west shore of Lake Tahoe.
“Homewood will be open from top to bottom tomorrow,” Missy Frey, spokeswoman for Homewood Mountain Resort, said in a statement Wednesday evening.
The North Tahoe Fire Marshal Chief Todd Conradson and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office will dig into the fire and work to determine the cause of it. Until then, lets just be thankful that no one was hurt and hope that Homewood Mountain resort will make a full recovery after this incident.