State officials are working with St. Charles Police and Fire Department to determine the cause of the massive fire at the former Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles over the weekend, with the investigation expected to last several weeks.
The resort’s main lobby, its Bourbon Street area and the A, B and E wings of Pheasant Run hotel rooms were destroyed in a fire that began Saturday afternoon, facility officials said Monday. St. Charles fire in a press release.
The blaze was extinguished on Sunday and a fire unit remains on site to control a few remaining hot spots, fire officials said Monday. The fire was contained to the central structures of the complex and crews were able to save the 16-story tower on the property.
Fire crews were called around 4:40 p.m. Saturday to a fire report and found “serious fire conditions” originating from multiple areas of a structure on the property.
More than 20 area fire departments joined in the response. No injuries were reported in the fire.
Since opening Feb. 15, 1963, the resort has grown from 184 rooms to 473 — plus two theaters, a spa, comedy club, golf course, restaurants, 100,000 square feet of meeting space, and a replica of Bourbon Street.
The station closed in March 2020 after attempts to auction the station failed. In November, the St. Charles City Council’s Planning and Development Committee recommended approval of a zoning map amendment that would help create a proposed industrial park there.
City of St. Charles staff had also recommended in March the creation of a tax increment funding district to assist in the redevelopment of the site.