White Pine Ski Area fire

The White Pine Ski Lodge burns early Friday morning near Pinedale.

A fire destroyed the White Pine Ski Lodge early Friday morning, according to officials with the Sublette County Unified Fire District.

The lodge, at the White Pine Ski Area near Pinedale, caught fire at 1:20 a.m. and sustained “heavy fire damage,” said Mike Petty, public information officer for the district. First responders contained the blaze, and it did not spread to any of the surrounding structures or forest.

No one was injured in the fire, and Petty said he was not aware of anyone in the building at the time it started.

He said the person who initially reported the fire described it as a wildland fire and said they thought they heard an explosion. However, when firefighters arrived, they found the fire confined to the building.

Petty said it did not appear that any of the land around the building had burned, and they have not yet verified what, if anything, could have caused an explosion.

Because the ski lodge is such a valuable building, Petty said, officials from the Wyoming fire marshal’s office and the Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating. The lodge sits on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, so officials from the U.S. Forest Service are also on the scene. As of now, the cause is undetermined.

Personnel from the Sublette County Unified Fire District, Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, Sublette County EMS, Sublette County Emergency Management and Bridger-Teton National Forest all responded to the incident.

Contact Cody Cottier at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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