Fire at Pocono Manor in Monroe County

POCONO TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Heartbroken and stunned, that's how people felt as they watched the iconic Inn at Pocono Manor near Mount Pocono burn.

The fire started around 6 a.m. in the morning.

Eliza Brown from New York was staying at the Inn.

"We didn't think it was anything. We just put on clothes and went downstairs to see what was going on. I should have, we should have went into our rooms to get our stuff but we didn't think. We thought it was just in a little area and they told us it would be done soon and we can go back up," Eliza Brown, New York.

Everyone made it out safely.

Dozens and dozens of firefighters were called to battle the flames.

Fire officials believe it started on the Northside of the building.

The wind made it challenging to stop the fire from spreading.

"They think it started above one of the suspended ceilings and just quickly rose. They don't have a pin, a pinpoint of origin yet," Don Snyder, General Manager.

People who live and those who worked at the Inn tell Newswatch 16, they cannot believe what they are seeing and how quickly the fire spread, destroying such an iconic building.

The Inn was set to close at the end of the month for a major renovation project.

The makeover was expected to take about two years.

Johnnese Little lives in Mount Pocono and she used to work at the Inn.

"It is very sad to see it go down. Yeah, it is. It's a very beautiful place," said Johnnese Little, Mount Pocono.

 

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