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Investigation continuing into devastating fire at former resort

Fire at Fernwood Resort broke out Sunday night

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TWP., Pa. - The investigation into a devastating fire at a former Pocono Mountains resort continues.

Fire crews in Monroe County responded Sunday night to a fire at the vacant Fernwood Resort in Middle Smithfield Township. About 100 firefighters from 15 fire departments in two states responded about 9 p.m. to what was initially reported as a commercial structure roof fire.

Authorities said it took two hours to get the fire under control, and little remained Monday besides charred wood and mangled metal, marking what was once a resort until 2014.

The Bushkill Fire Co. chief said crews searched the building after reports that someone may have been inside. He said firefighters didn't find anyone in the building.

Authorities said a Buddhist group had purchased the roughly 30-acre property last year in hopes of creating a world peace center. There's no word yet on a cause, but an investigation is under way.

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