New Brunswick’s tourism minister says a fire won’t stop the popular Poley Mountain ski resort from operating this season.

Bill Fraser told the provincial legislature that the fire, which destroyed the base lodge, did not damage the chairlift or snow-making equipment.

The provincial fire marshal is helping with the investigation into the cause of the blaze.

RCMP Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh says the fire broke out Tuesday at around 6:40 p.m. and was brought under control more than three hours later.

Rogers-Marsh says several fire departments from around the Sussex area battled the blaze.

The ski hill, which is about 10 kilometres outside of Sussex, is planning to open Dec. 19 for the season.