INVERNESS, Calif. (December 29, 2006) — A fire destroyed a Northern California lodge popular with celebrities, abruptly halting holiday vacations for Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal and a dozen or so other guests.
The fire at Manka’s Inverness Lodge began around 3 a.m. Wednesday after a tree fell and hit a water heater, and there were no injuries, authorities said. Co-owner Daniel DeLong said the Gyllenhaals (pictured together at the 2005 Oscars)were supportive despite having to brave the wind and cold.
?Jake was helping me pull things out of the fire,” DeLong said.
The Marin County lodge and its restaurant were a popular destination for VIPs. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, dined at Manka’s last year.
It was not clear whether Maggie Gyllenhaal’s months-old daughter, Ramona, was with her, or whether other family members had joined the siblings at the lodge.
Messages left with Jake Gyllenhaal’s agent and his sister’s publicist were not immediately returned.
Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as a heartsick cowboy in “Brokeback Mountain.”
Screen credits for Maggie Gyllenhaal include roles in “Mona Lisa Smile” and Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center.”