Memories Lost in Bluefin Bay Resort Fire

By KBJR News 1

June 8, 2013 Updated Jun 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM CDT

Tofte, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- The Bluefin Bay Resort is the perfect escape for Kristine Bode and her family. The allure of the big lake kept the family coming back to Tofte, year after year.

"Every June we come, it's been five or six years," said Bode in Tofte Sunday. "We just enjoy the surroundings and the lake of course, and the amenities here and we just have a blast."

But, on a sunny June afternoon, the fun stopped.

"We we're still like five miles away and you could see the smoke above Tofte," said Bode.

Their summer getaway and memories were up in flames. It was one of five condominiums damaged in a stubborn fire that tore though Bluefin Bay Resort on Saturday.

"It took them some hours, five or six hours, from the time they arrived, to the time they had it completely out," said Dennis Rysdahl, who runs Bluefin Bay Resort. "There are four units with significant damage that will need some structural rebuilding."

The rebuilding should start soon to keep up with the busy year Bluefin has had so far.

"We hope to start this week to get any noisy work out of the way as soon as we can," said Rysdahl.

Several departments from both Cook and Lake Counties responded to the fire including crews from Tofte, Schroeder, Lutsen, Grand Marais, Maple Hill, Gunflint Trail, Colvill, Hovland, Finland and Silver Bay.

Bluefin Bay staff wanted to thank them for their quick response and hard work.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Investigators from the state Fire Marshal's office were in Tofte Sunday.

According to Rysdahl, investigators are looking at a fireplace as the possible cause for the fire. He says the condo's fireplaces are swept and inspected twice a year.

Zach Vavricka

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