The Homewood Mountain Resort's south lodge closed after being fully engulfed by fire.
According to the Placer County Sheriff's Department, north Lake Tahoe deputies responded to the resort for a fire call. Upon arrival, deputies found the building fully engulfed in flames. Deputies provided assistance as North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District fought the blaze. Further resources were ordered from North Lake Tahoe Fire, Truckee Fire, Squaw Valley Fire, South Lake Tahoe, Lake Valley Fire, and Placer County Sheriff Office. Various mutual aid resources are being released at this time.
No injuries have been reported, but the slopes at the Homewood Ski Resort will be closed at least until Thursday.
Fire officials say the building was vacant when the fire was reported about 3 a.m. Wednesday at the resort's South Lodge. Crews from a half dozen fire departments in the area responded to the blaze about 20 miles south of Truckee, California.
“We’ve progressively fought fire for the last few hours. It’s been a difficult building due to the size and volume and loading inside of structure” Steve McNamara, North Tahoe Fire Protection District Battalion Chief, said.
The lodge housed the resort's business offices as well as the Southwest Grill and Fireplace Tavern dining areas.
Homewood marketing director Missy Frey told the Sierra Sun (http://tinyurl.com/jpg83t3) they expect to reopen the mountain for skiing on Thursday.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The resort posted an update on Facebook, saying "The mountain will be on hold until further notice please continue to check back for any updates. We apologize for the inconvenience but our team is working hard to get our operations up as soon as possible."