Fire Destroys Homewood Mountain Resort’s South Lodge

HOMEWOOD -- An early morning fire nearly leveled a ski resort lodge on the west shore of Lake Tahoe shutting down the entire operation for the day.

The fire sparked at 3 a.m. Wednesday at Homewood Mountain Resort.

Dozens of firefighters from multiple agencies spent hours in chilly temps dousing flames and putting out flareups at the resort's South Lodge, said Beth Kenna with the North Tahoe Fire Protection District.

No one was injured. The fire didn't spread to the nearby ski school or homes in the area.

The South Lodge is one of two lodges at Homewood Mountain Resort. There was a restaurant inside, and it's also a wedding venue. Resort officials couldn't say if future events were planned for the South Lodge and how that could be affected by the fire.

The aftermath of the fire was a tough scene for visitors and residents.

"The people that work here are wonderful, the people on the mountain are very friendly, it's a sad thing to see this happen," said visitor Wes Green.

Fire crews are looking into the cause. They said they're aware of earthquakes around Nevada and California on Wednesday morning, but haven't connected the two events.

The resort will reopen Thursday. As for rebuilding the South Lodge, a redevelopment plan has been in the works at Homewood Mountain Resort. Construction is set to begin in 2017. The south base is expected to be renovated between 2022 and 2024.

No injuries were reported.