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VIDEO: Fire guts reception building at Inverary Inn in Baddeck


BADDECK, N.S.  - A smouldering pile of rubble is all that remains of the main building of the iconic Inverary Inn after an overnight fire.

Baddeck firefighters responded to the scene shortly after 2 a.m. this morning and were assisted by neighbouring departments a short time later.

The blaze they battled overnight and late into this morning completely gutted the inn’s main building that houses reception, rooms, a kitchen and a pub among other things.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

All guests and staff managed to escape the fire and no injuries were initially reported.

“I grew up in it,” said owner Scott MacAulay.

“What can I say, it is devastating really.”

MacAulay said the inn was not at capacity at the time of the fire. Displaced guests were moved to other rooms on the resort and to accommodations located nearby in the Village of Baddeck.

The main lodge at Inverary Resort burns early Thursday morning.  Photo courtesy of Patrick Whiteway
The main lodge at Inverary Resort burns early Thursday morning. Photo courtesy of Patrick Whiteway

A comfort centre was set up for guests in the resort’s main conference building.

Breakfast and information was shared as fire fighters continued to wet down the remnants of the fire.

MacAulay said the inn’s main phone numbers are already in operation and its computer booking system was expected to be back in service by this afternoon.

In a statement, the report said that they were overjoyed that all employees and guests were safe and sound. Information about reservations and events can be found by dialing 902-295-3500 or by email at inveraryresort@gmail.com.

“We are evaluating the rest of our season as we speak and will post an update in the near future,” the statement reads. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the volunteer fire departments of Baddeck, Middle River, Sydney Mines, North Sydney, Whycocomagh and Big Bras d’Or for their amazing work here tonight. Special thank you to Darren, Baddeck Fire Chief for coordinating the efforts. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers in this trying time.”

Firefighters continue to pour water on the smouldering remains of the Inverary in Baddeck on Thursday morning. - Greg McNeil
Firefighters continue to pour water on the smouldering remains of the Inverary in Baddeck on Thursday morning. - Greg McNeil

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