Forum News Service, Published January 27 2014
Fire damages events center-hunting lodge in west-central MinnesotaBRANDON, Minn. - A hunting lodge and events center south of Brandon in west-central Minnesota was ravaged by a fire that started Sunday night.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, at 10:50 p.m., a large fire was reported at Long Lake Lodge, which is used for lodging, wedding receptions, community events, hunting trips and shooting sports.
The main lodge included a retail store, bar and restaurant facilities on the first floor. The second level included four bedrooms, a sauna, an 11-person hot tub, meeting room and a large stone fireplace. The grounds also a include a shooting range.
Firefighters from Brandon, Garfield, Evansville and Kensington arrived on scene to the lodge fully engulfed in fire.
As of 4 a.m., fire crews were still at the scene, but as of 7 a.m., most fire crews had cleared.
The fire is under investigation.