An early morning fire Wednesday at Manka's Inverness Lodge, apparently triggered when a tree crashed into the back of the structure, destroyed the main building and its world-famous restaurant where Prince Charles dined last year.
Academy Award-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal and his sister, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who vacationed there frequently, were among the dozen or so guests forced to flee into the wind and rain at about 3 a.m. No injuries were reported, but several dozen employees may be out of work.
"From my perspective, it looks like a total loss of the main lodge and the restaurant," said Marin County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Giannini.
None of the actors were available for comment. But Daniel DeLong, a co-chef/owner with his partner, Margaret Grad}, said they were helpful and concerned about the historic lodge.
"Jake was helping me pull things out of the fire," DeLong said.
You got yourself caught in a fire? Are you kidding me! And then you went back in to pull out old crap! We can buy new old crap, Jake! Did those Smokey the Elephant infomercials teach you nothing? What am I supposed to do? My nerves, Jake! Do you never consider my nerves!
Great, now I have to go and get Prophecy Girl from the research facility in Greenland so we can assess the damage. I'm going to need an eyebrow singe report ASAP.
Photo Marin IJ/Robert Tong.
UPDATE: Poppa Gyllenhaal says "the family's great", that it was "quite an adventure", but that they're all "totally fine".