Nahma resort building destroyed by fire

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NAHMA, Mich. (WJMN) – A fire in Delta County has destroyed a building at the No-Nah-Ma Resort.

The fire started overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

A member of the WJMN, 906 Weather Watchers page, Mary Ann Blowers-Taylor, shared pictures and video of what is believed to be a building on resort property around Midnight.

Meteorologist Tom Kippen noticed what is believed to be smoke coming from the Nahma area, which could be seen on our Local 3 radar.

We have contacted the Nahma Township Volunteer Fire Department for more details about the cause of the fire or if anyone was injured or inside the building at the time.

A boil water notice has been issued for Nahma until further notice. A loss of water pressure as a result of the fire is the reason given for the boil notice.

When we arrived in Nahma around mid-day Thursday, firetrucks were still on the scene. All that was left was the burnt shell of a building.

We spoke with Charley MacIntosh, owner of the neighboring Nahma Inn. MacIntosh said he stayed up all night with the firefighters and the American Red Cross, providing them coffee and company.

“There was ten or so firetrucks here from all of the surrounding counties and everybody dished right in. They were a great group of people that did what they could but there wasn’t really anything they could do anymore,” said MacIntosh.

He also told us the building was a piece of history for the town.

“It’s not a real big town, but yeah it’s an old company town. Started in 1881. When all the houses were built by Bay De Noc Lumber Company and this was part of the business, part of the town, part of where most people were employed.”

MacIntosh said valuable artifacts of the old lumber company, including one of the big logging wheels, were unfortunately lost in the fire.

“It’s sad to see another piece of history go away. This was part of the whole complex in Nahma. The big building everyone saw when they drove down here. It’s gone now. And the old burner’s gone. There’s not much left but we’re trying to preserve what we can here.”

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