Fire destroys lodge at Camp Lutherwood in Cheshire

Andrea Scofield, the executive director at Camp Lutherwood said the main lodge is a major loss for the camp, and said they're facing over one million dollars in damages.

Posted: Apr 13, 2019 4:24 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2019 10:35 AM

CHESHIRE, Ore. -- A fire destroyed the main lodge at Camp Lutherwood in Cheshire Friday night.

Andrea Scofield, the executive director at Camp Lutherwood said she rushed from her home in Eugene when fire officials alerted her of the fire.

Officials with Lane Fire Authority said the call for the fire came in around 9 p.m. Friday night. They said no one was at the camp at the time of the fire.

Scofield said people have traveled all over the state since the lodge was built in 1961 to attend events and classes at the camp. She said the camp is celebrating it's 60th anniversary this year.

She said the main lodge is a major loss for the camp, and said they're facing over a million dollars in damages.

"It's been the hub of everything that happens here," she said.

She said she's been working for the camp for about 20 years and said she holds her own personal memories of the lodge.

"My three kids grew up here, so I have family memories. I've met so many people. I've hired hundreds of staff that work out here every summer," she said.

Fire officials said it took hours to battle the flames.

"I just stood here and stared at it and said, 'alright, we can do this,'" Scofield said. "This isn't going to put us back...we'll figure this out."

She said the camp plans on picking up the pieces and continuing to host outdoor classes before their summer camp starts in two months.

She said the fire did not spread to any other buildings on the campground.

Fire officials said it's unclear where the fire started or the cause.

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