A late-night fire at the Warm Springs Day Lodge at Sun Valley has caused heavy damage to the 25-year-old base lodge, but no one was inside at the time of the blaze as the resort closed four days prior.
Firefighters from surrounding communities rushed to the structure after an 11:30 p.m. alarm at the main base lodge for Baldy Mountain. Flames were reported to be as high as 30 feet.
According to media reports, the damage appears most severe in the roof. Fire officials said the double-layered roof construction made it difficult for firefighters to ventilate the fire. On Friday morning, reports said the walls were still up but the roof was heavily burnt.
No information was available Friday as to the cause of the fire. Early estimates of the value of the damage were set above $1 million – most of which was on the side of the building that faced the ski and snowboard runs of Sun Valley Resort. Resort officials have already said the lodge will be rebuilt.
The elegant lodge was built of logs, river rock and glass, and opened in 1992. It replaced the Northface Hut and became an iconic example of nouveau architecture at U.S. ski resorts. It was known for a potato bar and homemade soups.