Rangeley, ME – Maine’s beleaguered Saddleback Ski Area was dealt its latest blow overnight, as fire destroyed several condominium buildings at the resort.
In total, 16 fire departments responded to the blaze at the Rock Pond Condominiums, which was first reported just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Upon arrival, firefighters found the hydrant system frozen.
Two buildings were destroyed, and two others were damaged. In all, the loss is estimated at $800,000, according to Rangeley Fire/Rescue Chief Tim Pellerin.
The Rock Pond condos are located trailside with ski-in, ski-out access at the western end of Saddleback’s main parking lot.
Tuesday’s fire comes at a time when a non-profit group of local residents and businesses is attempting to revive Saddleback by purchasing the ski area, which has been closed since 2015.