Sunday, February 5, 2023

Lightning strikes Great Wolf Lodge Monday

(WYDaily/Courtesy of Google Maps)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of Google Maps)

York County firefighters responded to the Great Wolf Lodge Monday evening after lightning struck the outside of the water park building, fire officials said.

The York County Department of Fire & Life Safety was called to the lodge, located at 549 East Rochambeau Drive, around 6:30 p.m. for a reported structure fire, Chief Steve Kopczynski said.

Fire officials determined the cause was a lightning strike to the exterior of the enclosed water park building, Kopczynski said.

There was no evidence of fire spread from that area.

People inside the water park building were relocated to the main hotel area.

Firefighters monitored the building for any other issues, then returned later to follow up and check on the facility, Kopczynski said.

James City County firefighters also assisted at the scene.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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