UPDATE: Fire At Credit Island Lodge Is Accidental - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

UPDATE: Fire At Credit Island Lodge Is Accidental


The Davenport Fire Inspector says the cause of the fire at Credit Island Lodge was accidental, but there is so much damage inspectors can't pinpoint an exact cause.

The fire was reported at around 8am Thursday morning. People saw flames and smoke coming from the lodge. Once crews arrived they faced several obstacles. A berm and wall of Hesco barriers used to keep flood waters out ending up making it difficult for fire fighters to fight the flames. There is also only one fire hydrant on Credit Island and fire fighters had to use flood water.

The fire has left many wondering how much damage Credit Island Lodge sustained. We were taken on a tour behind the flood barricades, but we were not allowed inside because the lodge is not safe. The roof of the building is gone and what's left is laying in charred pieces on the ground.

"It's very heavy damage to the second floor," says Davenport Fire Chief Lynn Washburn.

Portions of the second floor collapsed leaving parts of the building exposed to the elements.

"In that room you can see all the rafters are burnt off inside of there and then that floor collapsed down," adds Chief Washburn.

The south west corner of the building is where fire inspectors believe the blaze started.

"We cannot pin point it any farther at this time given the amount of damage we do have to the building," says the fire chief.

Inspectors are inside the building continuing the investigation. We could see them through windows looking at where the fire started.

"There's also an independent insurance investigator on site assisting the investigators as well," says Chief Washburn, "He's looking to see if we can't pinpoint the cause a lot closer."

In and around the building there is left over water from the fire and puddles from the rain. Most of the water has been pumped out of the building using flood pumps. Even though we were allowed behind the flood wall, the fire department is asking that people stay away from Credit Island and the lodge.

"It is very unsafe inside the building," adds Chief Washburn.

Credit Island Lodge is being turned back over to the park's department Friday. The doors will be locked and the windows will be boarded up. The Fire Chief says she cannot stress how unsafe the building is and asks that people stay away.

As for Credit Island Lodge's future, the city is hiring a structural engineer to assess the building.

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