A major fire destroyed a 10,000-square-foot diesel power plant at Kirkwood Mountain Resort on Friday (New Year’s Day) bringing activity at the ski resort and community to a complete halt, during one of the busiest ski weekends of the year.
Tim Cohee, Kirkwood President, was Wednesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.
Power was restored using generators late in the weekend, however, what was supposed to be a profitable weekend, was a total loss.
The outage unplugged 14 ski lifts and darkened about 600 residential units and various retail outlets and restaurants.
There were no injuries and staff brought people off the chairlifts safely.
Kirkwood generates its own power, and this is the second major outage in recent years.
According to Cohee, from an insurance perspective in what is being called a “business interruption”, a claim of nearly one million dollars will be submitted. Additionally the power plant rebuild, which will begin this Summer, will cost between five to seven million dollars.
The resort is now back running at normal capacity as portable generators are being used for the rest of this season. Skiers and residents should not notice a difference nor be affected adversely by this temporary method of power.
The “Newsmaker of the Day’ is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 amd 8:47am.
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