Haunted Hotel From ‘The Shining’ Almost Burned Down

The Shining 1980
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It seems as though someone may have angered the ghosts at Oregon’s Timberline Lodge. The famous haunted (there is some debate about if it is haunted or not) hotel, used in the 1980 film The Shining, caught on fire last week. The hotel was used to portray the Overlook Hotel in the film. Luckily, the fire was managed and the hotel did not burn down completely and it seems that no one was injured. The fire was in the roof and attic of the iconic hotel and never spread the rest of the building.

The Clackamas Fire District’s official account shared on social media, “The fire at Timberline Lodge was declared under control at 11:12 p.m. [local time]. The fire was kept to the roof & part of the attic, & didn’t spread any further. Crews are clearing the scene. The U.S. Forest Service will be conducting the investigation with the help of federal resources.”

Oddly enough, The Shining features a fire that plays a significant role in the plot of the novel by Stephen King but not the film. In the book, the story ends with the hotel catching on fire. In the movie version, the main character Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) freezes to death while the hotel remains the same. Reportedly, King was not happy about the change by director Stanley Kubrick.

The Shining Jack Nicholson, 1980

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While the movie was filmed at the Timberline Lodge, King’s inspiration for the novel came from a different hotel. He stayed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado in the now-famous room 217 with his wife. His stay inspired him to write The Shining and the Stanley has since attracted tons of visitors and sparked many paranormal investigations which have found some spooky stuff.

Aerial view of Timberline Lodge with Mount Hood in the background

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As of now, the cause of the fire has not been shared but the hotel remains intact for visitors.

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