'He is alive, Thank God'

Fire engulfs the Marbledge Lodge; co-owner injured

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EAST DORSET — The co-owner of the Marbledge Lodge hotel has been released from the hospital after being injured in a fire that completely destroyed the hotel's main building the morning of May 11.

Jacek "Jack" Mysliwiec was hospitalized in Burlington and was in "a lot of pain," his wife, hotel co-owner Jadwiga Mysliwiec, told the Manchester Journal via email Sunday.

"He is alive, thank God," she said.

As of Monday, Jack Mysliwiec had been discharged from University of Vermont Medical Center, a spokeswoman for the hospital said.

Jadwiga Mysliwiec was in Poland last week and doesn't know what caused the fire to break out.

The results of that fire were catastrophic.

Firefighters from Dorset, East Dorset, Manchester, Arlington, Danby and Mount Tabor responded to the hotel, at 2123 U.S. Route 7, a little after 2 a.m. They arrived to find the building engulfed.

The flames, fanned by a steady breeze from the south, climbed high into the night sky and burned with a startling ferocity, quickly ripping through the 10-room lodge and restaurant from north to south, and spreading flaming embers into the trees and onto the hillside behind the building.

The northern side of the building had already burned down to its supporting timbers by about 3 a.m., as the flames shot through the roof of the remaining structure where the hotel's dining room was located. Firefighters trained multiple hoses on the burning structure from all sides, but to no avail.

At the same time, firefighters hosed down some of the 11 cottages adjacent to the main building, in an attempt to prevent the burning embers from causing yet more damage.

As of late Saturday morning, the cottages closest to the fire showed signs of fire damage, but it seemed that many of the cottages — most of them to the south of the building — had survived.

But all that was left of the main building was its massive brick chimney and slabs of white marble in front of its foundation and at the foot of what used to be its stairs.

Messages left for East Dorset fire chief Howard Towsley and for the state Division of Fire Safety had not been returned as of Monday afternoon.

Due to its close proximity to Beebe Farm, the Marbledge Lodge has been a popular destination for exhibitors at the Vermont Summer Festival horse jumping show every summer. The hotel's website advertises special rates for the horse show, and notes that the hotel is walking distance from the show rings and adjacent to the East Dorset Country Store.

"We are doing all we can to contact our exhibitors to let them know about the unfortunate event," horse show office manager Brett Waters said of the situation.

This year's horse show is scheduled to run from July 3 through August 12.

Reach Greg Sukiennik at gsukiennik@manchesterjournal.com or at 802-490-6000.

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