Fire sweeps through cabins at Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

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UTICA, Ill. (TNZT) – A fire destroyed several cabins and villas at the Grand Bear Resort in Starved Rock southwest of Chicago on Monday afternoon.

The popular resort town is located about 95 miles southwest of Chicago in Utica.

Utica Deputy Fire Chief Drew Partain said the blaze started with a porch fire on one of the cabins — which are separately owned by the station.

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Each cabin was approximately 2,500 square feet.

Blake Frund


The fire was so intense it was visible in satellite images.

A total of seven cabins were destroyed in the fire. No others were damaged.

The Grand Bear Resort said everyone was safely evacuated. The Grand Bear lodge and water park were not damaged, nor were the majority of cabins and villas, the resort said.

A total of 57 fire departments responded to the scene, Partain said. The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago also responded.

It was not the first time that the firefighters intervened in the station. On January 2, 2018, there was another massive fire response at the same resort, then known as Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort.

The owners spent years renovating after the fire.

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