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Fire Destroys Landmark Yosemite Hotel

A whole wing of the Oakhurst Lodge...one of Yosemite's landmark hotels which has been around since the '50's, burned to the ground in minutes, just after midnight Thursday.
A whole wing of the Oakhurst Lodge...one of Yosemite's landmark hotels which has been around since the '50's, burned to the ground in minutes, just after midnight Thursday.

“It had a common attic with no fire stops in it and a common basement,” said Chris Christopherson of Cal Fire/Madera County Fire.

Amazingly, about 20 visitors got out in time, unhurt.

“It's heartbreaking,” said hotel Gloria Marshall.

Hotel Owner Gloria Marshall is still choked up, but thanks firefighters for containing the fire before it spread to the back.

25 rooms went up in flames. 35 rooms are still standing.

“We're going to just level it and build it right back like it was; that's how we roll here. It's an old fashion place. We bought it from the original owners,” said Marshall.

The devastating blaze comes ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, the big start of the season.

“Hotel rooms are hard to come by; the loss of 25 rooms is going to be difficult, but they've been working with guests who have reservations,” said Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau Jarrod Lyman.

Guests relocated to nearby hotels; and as many left town late Thursday, a local couple stopped to take it all in.

“It's just so sad that this happened like this, it'll be interesting to find out what happened,” said Ron Jewett who lives in Oakhurst. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Meantime there are 28 other places to lodge in Madera County 

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