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Building Fire at Historic Lutsen Resort

Feb 06, 2024 07:00AM ● By Editor
Photo from the morning of February 6, 2024 at Lutsen Resort. From Joe Friedrichs. 

From Boreal Community Media - February 6, 2024


On Feb. 6, 2024, at approximately 12:24 a.m. Cook County Dispatch was notified of a fire alarm at Lutsen Resort according to a press release issued by the Cook County Sheriff's Office. 

February 9 Update: Officials give warning to stay away from Lutsen Resort property

February 8 update: MN State Fire Marshall issues details of previous fire inspection at the Historic Lutsen Lodge, which found seven violations, three still unresolved

February 7 Update - Outpouring of community support and memories after fire destroys Historic Lutsen Lodge, owners intend to rebuild

Staff from Lutsen Resort reported smoke coming from the floor in the lobby area. There were no guests on site, and no injuries were reported. The building was completely engulfed.

 Photos from the morning of February 6, 2024 from Joe Friedrichs. 


The responding units are Lutsen FD, Tofte FD, Tofte First Responders, Grand Marais FD, Maple Hill FD, Gunflint FD, Finland FD, Silver Bay FD, Grand Portage FD, and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

The State Fire Marshall is investigating. 

Edward Vanegas, General Manager of the Historic Lutsen Resort said in a Facebook Post on the morning of February 6th: 

"Our beloved Lutsen Resort The Historic Lutsen Lodge has been taken by a devastating fire….fires in 1949, 1951 and now 2024…. me and casey were brought up to the North Shore of MN to manage this historic lodge 5 years ago. .. we have lost part of our family…our time here has changed". 



 Photo from the morning of February 6, 2024 at Lutsen Resort. From Joe Friedrichs. 


 Photo from the morning of February 6, 2024 at Lutsen Resort. From Joe Friedrichs. 


A chimney is all that's left of the main building at the Historic Lutsen Resort. Photo from Joe Friedrichs. 


The Historic Lutsen Resort Facebook Page, compiled by Boreal Community Media. 






Video credit Edward Vanegas, General Manager of Lutsen Resort