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Blaze damages Grizzly Jack’s water park resort near Starved Rock; no injuries

Trucks from multiple fire departments surround the front entrance of Grand Bear Lodge in Utica to battle a fire early Tuesday that officials say was in the resort's main lodge and nearby pool.

Trucks from multiple fire departments surround the front entrance of Grand Bear Lodge in Utica to battle a fire early Tuesday that officials say was in the resort's main lodge and nearby pool. | Scott Anderson/NewsTribune via AP

Officials say no one was injured in a fire at a resort near Starved Rock State Park.

Utica Fire Chief Ben Brown said the alarm sounded at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Chief of Staff Edward Rogers says all guests were safely evacuated and the fire was under control by 9 a.m. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

LaSalle County sheriff’s officials say the fire was in the main lodge and pool area at the resort in Utica, about 90 miles southwest of Chicago.

Utica’s fire command requested salt trucks because of ice at the scene, where the temperature is hovering around minus 11 degrees.

Firefighters battle a blaze at Grand Bear Lodge in Utica early Tuesday.

Firefighters battle a blaze at Grand Bear Lodge in Utica early Tuesday. Multiple fire departments responded to the fire that officials say was in the resort’s main lodge and nearby pool. | Scott Anderson/NewsTribune via AP