LAURELVILLE, OH (WCMH) – The Laurelville Fire Department Friday shared photos showing just how severe the fire was that destroyed a Hocking Hills staple.

The fire broke out Thursday morning at the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge on State Route 664.

The managers of the venue said on Facebook:

Well, it is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge that we knew is no more. It has been consumed by the fire that many have so diligently been battling all day. Thank you all for your messages and thoughts. This place held a special meaning to so many for so long. It will, and we will, be back at some point to start another generations memories of this gorgeous area. We will post updates as we have them. We are working on getting our phone rerouted and we will be in touch with those of you who had events booked with us. In the meantime please come see us at our Lake Hope Lodge!

Thanks so much for all of your support over the last few years, we never would have made it this far without all of you!

The venue said that everyone made it out of the building safely.

On Facebook Friday night, the Laurelville Volunteer Fire Department shared photos showing just how intense the flames were.

Firefighters from as far away as Columbus helped contain the blaze.