Fire damages historic Poconos resort; guests safely evacuate

04 Nov 2019 | 02:34

(AP) A wind-whipped fire has damaged a century-old Poconos resort that's on the National Registry of Historic Places.

General Manager Don Snyder calls the damage Nov. 1 to the Pocono Manor Resort "heartbreaking.''

No injuries have been reported in the 6 a.m. blaze.

Officials say guests safely evacuated from about 25 rooms. Authorities believe the fire started in a dining area and quickly spread.

The Monroe County resort is known locally as ``the grand lady of the mountains.'' Neighbors say it's one of the last grand resorts in the Poconos.

The inn had been set to close later this month undergo a two-year renovation.

Pocono Manor was built by Quakers in 1902 and was designated a historic site in 1977.