Gyllenhaals forced to flee fire at lodge


INVERNESS, Calif. -- A holiday vacation in Northern California came to an abrupt halt for actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal when a fire destroyed the quaint country lodge where the siblings were staying.

The Gyllenhaals were among a dozen or so guests who fled Manka's Inverness Lodge after the fire, sparked by a falling tree, broke out at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. Co-owner Daniel DeLong said the pair 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, and DeLong said Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand and her husband, director Joel Cohen, were there on Christmas Day along with the Gyllenhaals.

Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as a heartsick cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain."