SAGOLA—Local fire officials returned Feb. 18 to the site of a weekend fire that destroyed Camp Sagola.
“We received a call from central dispatch at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday that Camp Sagola was fully engulfed,” Crystal Falls Township Fire Department Chief Ray Niemi said. “We tried to contain it, but the building is a complete loss.”
Niemi said the camp had hosted a retreat during the weekend but was unoccupied when the blaze occurred. A caretaker notified central dispatch of the fire. The building housed two small bedrooms, a kitchen, dining hall and worship area, Niemi said.
Firefighters from the Alpha-Mastodon and Sagola Township fire departments plus Star Ambulance assisted at the fire. There were no injuries.
Camp Sagola is owned by the Michigan Conference of Seventh Day Adventists. Church officials in Lansing were unavailable to comment Monday.
The parcel of land Camp Sagola occupied was purchased in about 1960 by LaVern Pomeroy, then superintendent of the Michigan Conference’s Upper Peninsula Churches of District One. A hotel from an island in Lake Superior was dismantled, transported to Sagola and reassembled as the lodge, according to a church website.
The camp at 2885 M-69 normally hosts a teen winter outing in February.