Fire destroys historic hotel and other buildings on the island of MA
Nantucket’s historic Veranda House Hotel was engulfed in flames as a fire tore through it and several other buildings over the weekend, authorities said.
More than two dozen firefighters from Nantucket and Cape Cod communities responded to the scene of the blaze Saturday morning to help put it out. The resulting damage to the structures that caught fire is extensive and several buildings are completely destroyed. However, no one was injured in the blaze, according to the Nantucket Fire Department.
“With the support of all first responders and members of our local community, we can confirm that all employees and guests are safely evacuated and accommodated,” the hotel wrote in a Facebook post. “The safety and security of our guests, our team and the community is our top priority and we will continue to work closely with emergency responders and security authorities.”
A 911 call made around 6:45 a.m. reported a fire at a building in the North Water Street and Step Lane area of the island’s downtown district. The location of the fire has been identified as the hotel at 3 Step Lane, according to the department.
An off-duty fire captain and several bystanders ran to the hotel after hearing about the blaze, entered dangerous conditions without protective gear and made sure everyone got out safely, officials said. authorities.
The Captain was directed by a guest to a room which may have held a person, but found it to be empty. However, he discovered two other individuals in the hallway and helped them to safety, officials said.
“He attempted to search further but was repelled by the intense heat and smoke. The actions of the citizens and the captain saved lives,” the department said.
When firefighters arrived, hotel guests were evacuated. The strong flames in the hotel prevented the crew from entering, according to authorities.
The first firefighters to arrive found heavy flames on the east side of the hotel on all three floors of the building. The team ensured the building was evacuated and simultaneously worked to begin extinguishing the fire, officials said.
As more firefighters and equipment arrived on the scene, garden hoses were installed to prevent the fire from spreading beyond the hotel, which is close to nearby homes. However, due to the hotel’s proximity to other structures, the fire spread to multiple buildings, according to the department.
“An extensive fire has developed in at least two of the buildings,” the department said. “The spread of the fire has resulted in a redeployment and repositioning of personnel at the scene to tend to the larger affected area.”
The estimated cost of damage from the fire is unknown at this time, authorities said.
A total of 12 firefighters from the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills, Hyannis and Yarmouth Fire District traveled by ferry to Nantucket to help put out the blaze. Another 17 Nantucket firefighters also worked to put out the blaze, officials said.
No injuries were reported, but two firefighters were taken to hospital for possible heat exhaustion and a third for a back injury, the department said.
“Fire personnel are still on site and expected to remain so for an extended period. It will be a long-term operation,” the ministry said.
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