One of 12 injured in resort fire in critical condition

Associated Press

Harbor Springs — One of the 12 people injured in a weekend fire at a northern Michigan ski resort is in critical condition.

Spectrum Health Butterworth spokeswoman Beth Cranson confirmed David Chauvette’s condition Monday but declined to discuss his specific health problems. A Facebook page created for Chauvette says the Traverse City man suffered smoke inhalation.

The fire occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the main lodge at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs. There were 113 guests in 64 rooms. The cause of the fire is under investigation, although the local sheriff says it started on the third floor.

Boyne said 40 percent of the lodge has some fire damage, and much of the rest of the building was affected by smoke and water.

Officials returned to site Monday to investigate the fire in Harbor Springs, 75 miles northeast of Traverse City. The resort was closed.

“There was smoke billowing all over the place,” said local photographer Alex Childress, who drove to Boyne around 3 a.m. when he heard about the fire.

General Manager Mike Chumbler said staff went door-to-door to ensure that guests had been alerted. They were moved to lodging elsewhere at the resort.

“We, as a resort, in the last year have gone through a mock fire scenario. … I’m proud of our response and that the team stepped up. It was good that we practiced like we did,” Chumbler said.

It was Boyne’s third weekend of the winter season — and a snowy one.

“The weather was just turning for us,” Chumbler said.