STANHOPE, P.E.I. — The Stanhope Beach Resort and Conference Centre was destroyed by fire Tuesday.
According to various news outlets, fire broke out at the resort before 4 p.m., and it was quickly engulfed in flames, burning down before firefighters from five departments could salvage the structure. As a result, four buildings, including the main lodge, kitchen, dining room and 200-seat conference centre and guestrooms were destroyed. No one was hurt.
“It’s a sad day. It was a beautiful building property [with] a lot of antiques inside that can’t be replaced,” said Ryan Cochrane, GM, as quoted by CTV News.
The building was one of the island’s first summer resorts when it was first settled in 1789 and began accepting guests in 1855.
There is no word on the cause of the blaze; the fire department is expected to investigate further. Resort staff took to its Facebook page to post updates. On Tuesday, a post read: “All employees have vacated the resort and are safe. Fire department is on site.”