Explosion, fire rock North Shore resort


An explosion and fire destroyed one of the buildings at the Lake Breeze Motel Resort on Lake Superior's north shore Wednesday.

Northland's News Center reports fire crews that arrived at about 2 p.m. found flames engulfing the motel's main building. The cause was not immediately apparent.

The Duluth News Tribune reports at least one person was taken from the scene by ambulance. A witness staying at the motel tells the paper he rushed to the office and was told by the co-operator of the resort that the explosion had occurred in the laundry room. That building also includes the resort's office, two rental units, and a sauna.

One of the guests watching the fire from a distance told the News Tribune of his concern for the operators of the resort, Paula and Ken Hughes. “I just feel like a part of me is going down," said Dan Rice of Champlin. "You're family when you're here."

One of Duluth's assistant fire chiefs told WDIO two people in the building sustained minor injuries and firefighters had the blaze under control.

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