Crews Battle Fire At Boyne Highlands Resort

 Flames and smoke tore through the main lodge at Boyne Highlands Resort early Sunday morning.

At least twelve people were hurt.

The Harbor Springs Fire Chief tells us, it appears the fire started around 1:30 Sunday morning in a room at the lodge and it is now being called suspicious.

They have not determined an exact cause.

9&10’s Taylor Jones was on scene talking to the Fire Chief and people staying at the resort when the fire started.

“Security had knocked on the door, I was like, I can smell the smoke, so I figured that it was bigger than just a safety evacuation kind of thing. Then when we got outside and there’s just smoke everywhere and then you could see there were things that were falling down from the sky,” says Emily Hanford, main lodge guest.

That’s how Emily Hanford describes the scene inside the Boyne Highlands Resort main lodge early Sunday morning when the fire started. As smoke and flames poured out of the building, multiple fire departments worked to get the 113 guests inside to safety.

“Chaos! Lots of people screaming, fire was going on at the back side of the building. People were screaming out the windows, so our initial thing was get ladders up to the windows and get the people out,” says Chief John Cupps, Harbor Springs Fire Department.

No one from the resort would go on camera, but the resort issued a statement that confirmed 12 people were injured and one person was taken to a hospital outside of the area.

“One woman I believe jumped from a second story window and sustained some injuries,” says Cupps.

The Harbor Springs Fire Chief says the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is suspicious.

The resort says 40 percent of the building has fire damage and the rest of the building was either affected by fire, smoke or water.

“The center section is a total loss. The main lobby area is still attached, everything to the south and away till the north is still intact, but the center section is basically a complete loss,” says Cupps.

Firefighters remained on scene Sunday afternoon putting out hot spots.

Emily says they are waiting to be able to go back inside and get their belongings.

“I am waiting for car keys, waiting for any sort of transportation to get out of here. It’s just surreal. The extend of the fire is pretty jaw dropping,” says Hanford.

Michigan State Police will be on scene on Monday to continue the investigation and the resort says they’ll remain closed until further notice.