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Nantucket Island Fire: Massive Fire Damages Historic Hotel and Several Other Buildings

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Authorities received a report of a fire at the Veranda House hotel just after 6:45 a.m. Saturday, during which an off-duty captain and several people rushed to the accident site to help evacuate guests from the hotel, the Nantucket Fire Department said in a statement. a message. press release.

“The actions of the civilians and the captain saved lives,” the department said.

In a Facebook post, the hotel confirmed that all employees and guests had been safely evacuated and accounted for.

But the flames continued to rage and spread to several other buildings, with “extensive fires” developing in at least two of the buildings, despite firefighters’ efforts to contain the blaze, the fire service said.

“The fire could not be confined to the affected building and has spread to several surrounding buildings,” the department said in its press release. “The damage to the structures involved is extensive and some of the buildings are a total loss.”

No injuries were reported to civilians, but two firefighters were transported from the crime scene due to possible heat exhaustion and a third due to back injuries, the department said.

The fire service was still on site at 2.30pm and would stay “for an extended period of time,” the department said. In a statement, police asked people to avoid the area.
Videos shared on social media on Saturday show the historic hotel going up in flames. The Veranda House, a 17th-century building, was completely renovated in 2020, according to the Nantucket Resort Collection website.

The 18-room boutique hotel, according to the site, offers a “unique blend of sophisticated flair and laid-back luxury” overlooking the harbor.

CNN has contacted the local fire and police department, the municipality and local businesses in the area.


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