A court-ordered trustee has been appointed to prepare the once-majestic Minaki Lodge in northwestern Ontario for sale.

The trustee will prepare the site for sale.

The historic lodge burned to the ground in October 2003, a little over a year after it was bought by Phil Archer of Calgary.

The Ontario Fire Marshal's office concluded the cause of last October's fire would be classified as "undetermined." The fire is not considered suspicious, and the investigation is over.

After the fire, Archer said he did not have insurance. He pegged his losses at about $8 million.

Archer also owes about $1.8 million to tradespeople in Manitoba and Ontario for renovations that were completed, but not paid for.

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