December 9, 2014 9:33 pm
Updated: December 10, 2014 9:53 am

Poley Mountain manager says loss of ski lodge doesn’t mean loss of season

Mostly smoke remains at the scene where Poley Mountain's ski lodge went up in flames early Tuesday evening.

Alexandra Abdelwahab/Global News

SUSSEX, N.B. – The lodge of a popular ski resort near Sussex, N.B. was destroyed by fire Tuesday evening.

Poley Mountain’s ski lodge went up in flames just before 7 pm Tuesday evening. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.

The resort’s general manager, Bill Anderson, said the loss has yet to sink in.

Anderson said he was thankful no one was in the building at the time of the fire, but the lodge and all that was inside is a total loss. The loss of the building alone is estimated at $2 million.

He said they will likely bring in temporary buildings to salvage some of the season. About 180 people work at the ski hill.

It was the building’s alarm system that alerted officials to the fire.

The resort is located about 10 km from Sussex, N.B. There was a roadblock about eight kilometres from the site earlier, at which, RCMP held back Global News and others until the fire was under control.

This photo was taken of the lodge on Nov. 4, 2014.

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Firefighters from seven local departments were called in. Officials are still trying to determine the cause. The fire marshal has been called in to investigate and is expected to arrive on scene Wednesday.

The lodge houses the resort’s ski school, a cafe, lounge, ski rental facility and other amenities. The resort was scheduled to open on Friday, December 19 for the usually busy holiday ski season.

Premier Brian Gallant tweeted he was “saddened to see the loss of the iconic Poley Mountain lodge this evening, a true loss to New Brunswick”

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