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Firefighters douse three-alarm attic fire at historic Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, featured in movie ‘The Shining’

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Clackamas Fire District
Fire, smoke were visible from the roof of the iconic Timberline Lodge Thursday night.
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Clackamas Fire District
Firefighters spray water on attic fire at historic Timberline Lodge Thursday night

(Update: Crews put out fire; cause under investigation; lodge, ski area closed Friday)

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP/KTVZ) -- Firefighters doused a fire Thursday night at the historic Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood — featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film “The Shining” — before it caused significant damage, officials say.

The fire was confined to the roof and attic of the lodge, 60 miles east of Portland, and it may have been caused by embers from the large stone fireplace, the lodge said in a Facebook post. Damage appeared “somewhat minimal,” it said.

“Timberline employees, Hoodland Fire, Clackamas County and Gresham first responders did an amazing job,” the lodge said. “The process, communication and containment saved the Historic Timberline Lodge from what could have been a much worse outcome.”

The Clackamas Fire District shared a photo of flames and smoke coming from the roof of the nearly century-old lodge and said crews were working to put out the blaze, reported around 9:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Lodge employees discovered the attic fire and called it in, officials said.

Crews from the Hoodland, Gresham and Estacada fire departments also were on scene to help protect the lodge.

Around 11 p.m., the Clackamas Fire District reported that “firefighters have a good knock-down on the fire and are doing everything they can to preserve the historic assets that exist here.”

An initial search determined that everyone made it outside and were safe.

Hoodland Fire Chief Scott Kline expressed thanks for all the assistance.

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Forest Service were on scene early Friday, starting to look for the cause of the blaze.

Officials said the lodge and Timberline Ski Area would be closed Friday while the damage is assessed.

The iconic, 55,000-square-foot National Historic Landmark at 6,000 feet elevation was built on the mountain's southern slope in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration and was dedicated in September 1937 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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