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VIDEO: Historic main lodge at Inverary Resort destroyed by fire


BADDECK, N.S. - A fire ripped through the main lodge at Inverary Resort in Baddeck overnight.

The 11-acre resort is located on the shores of Cape Breton's Bras d’Or Lakes.

The main lodge was built in 1850. According to the resort’s website, it was built by Cape Breton native “Millionaire” MacNeil to show off the fortune he accumulated in Boston. Originally it was a three-storey house with a barn and wagon house made from materials shipped from Boston. He built it across the water from his childhood home.

After the Second World War, brothers Chad and Jamie Fownes bought the property and, with their mother, ran the Inverary Inn, named after Inverary Castle in Scotland.

The MacAulay family became the innkeepers in 1971 and added several buildings to the estate, turning it into a resort. The estate is under the third generation of MacAulay management.

This was the scene in Baddeck on Thursday morning as the damage to the Inverary Inn was assessed. - Greg McNeil
This was the scene in Baddeck on Thursday morning as the damage to the Inverary Inn was assessed. - Greg McNeil

Firefighters continue to pour water on the smouldering remains of the Inverary in Baddeck on Thursday morning. - Greg McNeil
Firefighters continue to pour water on the smouldering remains of the Inverary in Baddeck on Thursday morning. - Greg McNeil

At 3:15 in the video, the whole roof comes down. What a sad sight for an old beautiful building.

Posted by NovaScotia Tina on Thursday, 7 June 2018

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