The main lodge of a historic wilderness resort near Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, the second time in 14 years that Milford House has caught fire.
The flames were visible from several miles away, and firefighters from eight fire departments fought the blaze.
No one was hurt.
Deputy manager Ruth Bowe says she woke up around 4 a.m. to the sound of people shouting that the lodge was on fire. Someone called 911, but there wasn’t much else to do, she said.
“I just watched it burn,” she said. “There was nothing we could do.”
Twenty-three cabins are rented and there was a wedding at the resort surrounded by nature on Saturday.
Milford House is located approximately 12 miles south of Annapolis Royal. The main pavilion was destroyed by fire in 2000 and a replica was built in its place.
“It just seems impossible. We’re dazed. My mind is going in 20 different directions,” Bowe said.
She says the resort will remain open for the season as the cabins where guests stay are not damaged. There will be no restaurant, however, as it was housed in the lodge.
“The status of the building is more or less a to write. It’s all but destroyed, ”Annapolis Royal Fire Chief Malcolm Francis said.
No one was staying in the lodge, he said.
The main pavilion also caught fire in 2000 and a replica was built to replace it.
Milford House has been welcoming tourists, travelers and sportsmen for over a century and is located approximately 12 miles south of Annapolis Royal.
The area was settled by Abraham Thomas and his wife Mary, who built a log cabin in 1860. The place quickly became a stopping point for stagecoaches traveling between Annapolis Royal and Caledonia.
A farm was then built and became a summer hotel.