The motel has been closed for renovations, including an upgrade to the building’s fire detection and notification systems.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. – The Hurricane Ridge motel was completely damaged after it caught fire on Sunday morning.
A spokesman for Olympic National Park confirmed the motel burned down after catching fire sometime after 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Fire agencies from Clallam County and Port Angeles are still on site to ensure the fire is completely extinguished. The motel has been closed since March 27 and no one was inside or injured.
Originally built in 1952 as a ski lodge, Hurricane Ridge Day Lodge welcomed about 300,000 visitors a year before closing for renovations.
The Ridge Day Hurricane Lodge is expected to cost $10.8 million for renovations slated for completion in May 2024. Part of the project includes upgrading the detection and communication systems fire alarm.
The repairs will be funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, which passed in 2020.
The repairs are said to include replacing the entire roof and improving the structure, replacing doors, windows and floor coverings. The lodge is also said to be weather resistant.
Accessibility repairs included improvements to restrooms, exterior and interior entrances and parking, along with rebuilding of the entry ramp and lower rooftop stairs.
For accessibility repairs, these will include improving restrooms, exterior and interior access routes, and parking to comply with the Fences Act Accessibility Standard. Architecture barrier. The lower terrace entrance and stairs will be rebuilt.
Temporary facilities have been provided to accommodate visitors during the motel’s closure.
Olympic National Park has not yet commented on the cause of the fire.
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