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Lutsen Lodge along Minnesota's North Shore reduced to rubble by late-night fire

LUTSEN, MINN. – Two chimneys were all that was left standing over piles of burned rubble Tuesday morning at the historic Lutsen Lodge on Lake Superior, after fire destroyed the treasured destination for generations of Minnesotans.

Pockets of the wooden structure were still crackling with flames at midday, and firefighters were still on scene. A thick smoky haze filled the air, nearby trees were charred and a plume of water showered down on what remained - the ashy foundation of the historic lodge.

"It's a natural disaster," said Edward Vanegas, general manager for the past five years, who was at the site taking photos. "It's contained to us, but it's a natural disaster."


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