The Harbor Grand Hotel in New Buffalo will remain closed until April 2020 so repairs and renovations can be made after fire broke out after a lightning strike last Friday, Sep. 27.
The owners of the hotel issued the following statement:
On Friday, September 27, The Harbor Grand Hotel was struck by cloud-to-ground lightning at 5:44pm. Fire ensued, presumed to originate in the attic space above third floor guestrooms. Hotel guests, restaurant patrons, and staff were evacuated as fire departments from New Buffalo, Chikaming, Michiana, and Long Beach responded to the 911 call. At approximately 8:45pm, the fire was extinguished.
In addition to damage from the fire, the building has suffered extensive water damage. Over the course of the next 8-10 months, it will be stripped to the studs and rebuilt, with the intention to reopen the lobby and restaurant in April 2020, followed by guestrooms in early June.
While we are sad to close our doors for the first time in almost 20 years, we have much to be thankful for.
First and foremost, for our amazing staff who calmly ensured the safety of every person in a full house during the first moments of a very frightening situation. Then immediately returned to hospitality mode, attending to displaced guests with grace and compassion. There are no words for our gratitude and pride, other than to say we are honored to know each of you, and blessed to work with you.
For the volunteer firemen and women who selflessly place themselves in harm’s way to protect people and property. Your courage and generosity of spirit is admirable beyond measure. We are so grateful for your service.
For the timely assistance of local law enforcement the day of and following the fire. Those first hours are disorienting to say the least. Guidance through next steps was grounding and immensely helpful.
And finally, for the love and support of the community – friends, colleagues, neighbors, and patrons. We are touched and buoyed by every word and gesture. And reminded why we continue to make this place our home. The heart of this community is extraordinary. We feel very fortunate to be part of it.