Fire whips through historic Poconos resort; guests evacuate

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POCONO MANOR, Pa. (AP) — A wind-whipped fire has damaged a century-old Poconos resort that's on the National Registry of Historic Places.

General Manager Don Snyder calls the damage Friday to the Pocono Manor Resort "heartbreaking."

No injuries have been reported in the 6 a.m. blaze.

Officials say guests safely evacuated from about 25 rooms. Authorities believe the fire started in a dining area and quickly spread.

The Monroe County resort is known locally as "the grand lady of the mountains." Neighbors say it's one of the last grand resorts in the Poconos.

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The inn had been set to close later this month undergo a two-year renovation.

Pocono Manor was built by Quakers in 1902 and was designated a historic site in 1977.

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