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Popular Upper Michigan ski resort lodge destroyed by fire

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The main lodge at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Michigan's Upper Peninsula was destroyed after catching fire late Thursday morning, Gogebic County Sheriff Pete Matonich said.

No injuries were reported from the fire at the Bessemer, Michigan resort, which started in a kitchen connected to the main lodge, according to local media reports. The building was completely engulfed in fire, and flames were visible still coming from the building's roof early Thursday afternoon, Matonich said‘.

The state fire marshal's office is expected to assist with the investigation of the fire, Matonich said.

Located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and 10 miles from the northern Wisconsin border, Powderhorn opened in December 1964. The 250-acre ski resort is part of the Gogebic range, and is a popular destination for downhill skiers in the Upper Midwest.

(Writing by John Rondy, Editing by Mary Wisniewski)