Resort fire starts near Starved Rock State Park

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Updated: January 2, 2018

UTICA, Ill. (AP) -- Officials say no one was injured in a fire at a resort near Starved Rock State Park in northern Illinois.

Utica Fire Chief Ben Brown says the alarm sounded at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Chief of Staff Edward Rogers says all guests were safely evacuated and the fire was under control by 9 a.m.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

LaSalle County sheriff's officials say the fire was in the main lodge and pool area at the resort in Utica, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) southwest of Chicago.

Utica's fire command requested salt trucks because of ice at the scene, where the temperature is hovering around minus 11 degrees.
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UTICA, Ill. (AP) – Multiple fire departments were responding to a blaze at a resort near Starved Rock State Park in northern Illinois.

Utica Fire Chief Ben Brown tells The (LaSalle) News Tribune that a report of a fire alarm going off at the Grand Bear Resort came in at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

LaSalle County sheriff's officials said the fire was in the resort's main lodge and nearby pool.

They currently have no information on injuries.

Aerial footage of the fire showed a large plume of white smoke coming from the building.

Several nearby municipalities sent fire trucks to help with the fire.