Hotel Closes After Fire Forced Evacuation

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WAYNE COUNTY -- A Valentine's Day fire cut celebrations short for hotel guests in Hawley.

A co-owner of the Ledges Hotel in Wayne County said about 100 people were in the building at the time of the fire on Friday night. Everyone got out safely.

The cause of the fire is unknown as this time, the Fire Marshal's office is expected to investigate on Sunday.

Co-owner Justin Genzlinger said the hotel was recently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation.

Owners are not sure when the hotel can re-open.

Even though the fire was put out quickly, Genzlinger said there is significant damage. "Several of the guest rooms, many of the common areas and a good portion of the restaurant, mostly because of the sprinkler system. The fire itself was a very small fire and pretty well self-contained in one unit, so we're working on the remediation of that now."

Guest who were enjoying their Valentine's Day weekend were transferred to another resort in the area.

About 10 people were placed at Woodloch Pines for Friday evening.

However, those guests did have to check out Saturday morning because the resort was booked for the rest of the weekend.