Historic Michillinda Lodge on Lake Michigan Burns

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A fire has caused millions of dollars in damage to the historic but newly renovated Michillinda Lodge on western Michigan's Lake Michigan shoreline.

Authorities got word of the fire about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The century-old 44-room lodge is in Muskegon County's Fruitland Township, about 35 miles west-northwest of Grand Rapids.

Norton Shores Fire Chief Robert Gagnon says five people were staying in the lodge when the fire broke out, and all escaped without injury.

Management spokesman John Harrington says the fire destroyed 18 guest rooms, a restaurant and outdoor deck.

The Michillinda Lodge's website says that families from Grand Rapids, Illinois and Indiana "built simple, comfortable, two-story cottages" on the shore and "in 1902 named their property MICH-ILL-INDA, using a syllable from the names of each of the home states."

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