The historic Wawona Hotel located in Yosemite National Park suffered minor damage when a boiler exploded in early June. The hotel staff reported an explosion and smoke in the building’s boiler room. The force of the explosion threw the 100 pound boiler door several feet from the furnace and sent the 40 pound chimney cap 50 feet into the air. Hotel guests were vacated immediately and there were no injuries.
The hotel suffered damage to the boiler room and chimney due to the force of the explosion. The Wawona Hotel manager deemed it necessary to halt operations while the boiler and chimney were repaired and registered guests were offered accommodations from nearby hotels. The Wawona Hotel recently reopened and is now ready for the height of the summer tourist season.