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Online fundraiser begins for Shuswap band following Quaaout Lodge fire

A fire at Quaaout Lodge and Spa, May 22, 2022.
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A Kelowna resident is raising funds for a popular Shuswap resort after it was partially destroyed by fire this morning.

Fire ripped through the Quaaout Lodge and Spa, May 22, causing extensive damage to the property, located on Little Shuswap Road in Chase. One witness said between 40 to 50 rooms were destroyed.

READ MORE: Fire destroys large section of Quaaout Lodge in Shuswap

Chase's fire chief Brian Lauzon said the cause of the fire is unknown but believes it started in the attic.

The resort is located on Little Shuswap Lake Band land and some are concerned for the workers at the resort following the fire.

Kelowna resident Colby Mintram started a GoFundMe today, May 22. One of his fondest memories as a child was discovering nature and the golf course Talking Rock Golf Resort, he wrote in his GoFundMe.

The resort is a "pillar of the local community" and it provides numerous economic and cultural benefits to the Shuswap.

"Hotels and resorts across Canada are just beginning to recover from the pandemic and in BC the extreme wildfire activity of the last several years. Summer is undoubtedly the busy season in the Shuswap area which sees a massive surge in residents and economic activity," he wrote.

Funds raised will go directly to the Little Shuswap Lake Band, he said.

The GoFundMe can be found here. It has raised $2,000 as of May 22.

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