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Official cause released of Sperry Chalet fire in Glacier National Park

Posted at 7:44 AM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 09:44:18-04

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – A National Park Service official review of the fire that destroyed the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park has been released.

The review outlines the origins and growth of the Sprague Fire over three weeks until it reached the Sperry Chalet on Aug. 31.

The report concluded that despite firefighter’s best efforts to protect the structure, an ember entered the building near a second story window and ignited the wooden portion.

Fire crews were able to keep the fire contained to the dormitory area, and no injures occurred as a result.

The park is now in the process of rebuilding the damaged part of the building, a project set to take place over the next two years.

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