The owners of Michillinda Lodge in Fruitland Township, which was destroyed by an early morning blaze Sunday morning, Dec. 2, have issued an open letter recognizing firefighters and local government officials for their help.
The fire, which was battled by personnel and equipment from 14 departments, destroyed the 110-year-old main lodge, located on the Lake Michigan dune at 5207 Scenic Drive. However, nearby structures were spared destruction by firefighters’ heroic efforts.
“This is our open letter of deep appreciation and gratitude to all the brave and selfless men and women from the various fire and rescue departments in Muskegon County for your efforts in trying to save Michillinda Lodge,” wrote George Wixom, Wally Olsson and Al Pender of Promised Land LLC of Ada, Michigan which purchased the resort in 1999.
“While we tried to personally thank each of you while on site we wanted to offer our appreciation to all involved on that Sunday morning. Although the loss of this landmark was tragic we are truly grateful for your efforts and thankful no one was injured in the process.
“We know this was a difficult situation for everyone involved and commend you all for your determination to save this piece of history in Muskegon County. We do recognize and are thankful you saved many of the other buildings on the property. Thank you all again for your dedication and selfless commitment to serving the residents of Muskegon County and its outlying areas.
‘We wish you and your families a safe and peaceful Holiday Season.”
White Lake Fire Authority Chief Greg Holman, last week, said the investigation into the cause of the Dec. 2 fire, remains under investigation. The fire was initially discovered by a member of a work crew staying at the lodge. The fire started near a space heater in a guest room. The five workers staying in the main lodge, escaped unharmed. The lodge was closed for the season.