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Emmet County Investigators At Boyne Highlands to Determine Cause of Fire

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"It’s going to be a long tedious investigation," Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin said.

Destructive flames, a dozen people hurt and a popular resort shut down at the beginning of their busy season.

How this fire started remains a mystery Monday.

We know the fire started around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning at the Harbor Springs resort.    

Almost half of the main lodge hotel was destroyed.

More than 100 guests were there when the fire started on the third floor.

Twelve people were hurt.

A Facebook page for David Chauvette says he suffered serious smoke inhalation.

The Harbor Springs Fire Department, Michigan State Police Fire Marshal and Emmet County Sheriff’s Office were all on scene Monday to continue the investigation.

9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Noah Jurik have more details on the fire and what we know so far.

After digging all Monday to try to find out more information, Boyne Highlands Resort is still refusing to speak to on camera and investigators are not releasing much either as to why this fire started and why it’s suspicious.

"It’s a significant fire, but when it’s done and it’s long and tedious a lot of people have to be interviewed and a determination will be made eventually of whether this was an accidental fire or intentionally set," Sheriff Wallin said.

Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin says the biggest concern when they arrived on scene was finding all 113 guests throughout 64 rooms at the lodge.

"It’s been added onto. There’s a lot of nooks and crannies. I know it was difficult for the fire fighters to fight," Sheriff Wallin said. "We had 17 that were not accounted for, so the concern was that was to see where they were."

Everyone was found, with 12 injuries altogether, and one man sent to a Grand Rapids hospital in critical condition. 

"There was 12 some were transported by ambulance and some by private vehicle we had one female that was injured had jumped from the upper balconies," Sheriff Wallin said.

The sheriff says with a fire this big, they have a long investigation ahead to figure out what happened.

"Our focus right now is obviously there’s 113 people involved approximately, they’re all going to have to be talked to," Sheriff Wallin.

It could still be several days before investigators release what exactly happened Sunday morning.