It's truly sad news coming out of the Chesuncook region this weekend, as the beloved Chesuncook Lake House was destroyed by fire. At this time, no one is precisely sure how the fire started, but it appears to be a total loss.

Due to the remote location of the Lake House, it was difficult for fire fighters to access the property to fight the blaze. Their website describes that access is preferable by any means other than a car.

"Many guests have arrived unhappy with the high Northwoods gate fees ($40+ pp), flat tires, getting lost, (don't depend on your Tom-tom) and it's not a pleasant start to your stay here. Please consider getting here in the traditional fashion, don't drive in. Your car and wallet will thank you. Your mechanic will not!"

According to a Facebook post from the Maine Forest Rangers, Rangers and firefighters from Greenville were only able to reach the property by snowmobile which, again, likely contributed to the total loss of the Lake House. No other buildings or structures were damaged, and no one was hurt. State Fire Marshals are actively investigating the cause at this time.

Maine Forest Rangers via Facebook
Maine Forest Rangers via Facebook

The property was originally built in 1864 as a supply hub for logging operations, but has been a popular tourist destination for many years now. Situated only 50 miles north of Moosehead lake, it became a popular home base for anglers, hunters, and sportsmen of all kinds.

It's a shame to see such a wonderful part of Maine's history to succumb to fire. According to their Facebook page, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the owners out, and so far more than $14,000 has been raised!

Hopefully, with all the folks that have stayed there over the years, and the deep love that Mainers have for their special spots, the owners can find the means and ability to bring the Lake House back.

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