Damaged Tecate Luxury Spa Plans to Reopen this Weekend



TECATE – The luxury spa Rancho La Puerta expects to reopen Saturday after a fire ripped through a portion of the property, destroying three guest houses. Co-founder Deborah Szekely said the historic center of the ranch, which includes a library, dining rooms and landscaping, remains untouched.

The ranch, on the outskirts of Tecate, Mexico, will close 40 of its 87 rooms temporarily to replace roof tiles and windows, said general manager Roberto Arjona.

Resort employees used La Puerta’s water trucks and firefighting equipment to fight the fire Monday, Arjona said.

They were joined by 13 Mexican firefighters, he said.

“I have no doubt that if we hadn’t been prepared, the ranch would have been in bad shape,” he said. No one was injured.

Meanwhile, binational cooperation continued yesterday as Tijuana prepared to send four fire units and about 30 firefighters to work in the Escondido area, Tijuana Mayor Kurt Honold said.

The fire damage in Baja California has been light, and six fires that have consumed 46 acres were under control, said Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Mexico’s environment secretary

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