Historic Nantucket hotel destroyed by fire, partially collapses

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A historic bed and breakfast on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, is gutted after a large fire ripped through it Saturday morning. Photographs and video taken at the scene show flames engulfing the Veranda House, which dates back to the 17th century. The 18-room boutique hotel on Step Lane was completely renovated in 2020, according to the Nantucket Resort Collection website. Officials said an off-duty fire captain and several civilians rushed to the hotel after hearing about the fire and helped evacuate hotel guests. The captain was directed by a guest to a room that may have had someone inside, but it was empty. The captain, however, found two other people in the hallway whom he helped bring to safety. Officials said he attempted to search the hotel further, but was repelled by intense heat and smoke. “The actions of the citizens and the captain saved lives.” When active firefighters arrived on the scene, a massive fire broke out on all three floors on the east side of the Veranda House. The crew discovered that all hotel guests would have been evacuated and that heavy flames in the hotel did not allow firefighters to enter the building. Officials said several handlines and large main hoses were deployed in an attempt to contain the blaze, but the flames spread to several other buildings in their vicinity to the Veranda House. The large fire broke out in at least two other buildings and several of them, including the Veranda House, were considered total losses, officials said. Shortly before 2 p.m. , the Nantucket Current tweeted a video that shows part of the charred hotel collapsing into the street. -Marstons Mills (COMM). Cape Cod firefighters arrived in Nantucket via Steamship Authority and Hy-Line high-speed ferries. Officials said Hyannis firefighters arrived at 9:30 a.m., while Yarmouth and COMM firefighters arrived at 10:40 a.m. Other Cape Cod firefighters will arrive to provide relief to those currently working for contain the fire. Officials said a total of 17 Nantucket Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. No civilian injuries have been reported so far. Two firefighters were taken to Nantucket Cottage Hospital to be treated for possible heat exhaustion, while a third was transported for a back injury. Emergency services personnel at the scene ensured that all guests and Veranda House staff were attended to. About 185 customers were without power due to the fire around 8:45 a.m., according to National Grid. All but seven regained their power by 11 a.m. is being investigated by the Nantucket Fire Department and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, also known as the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

A historic bed and breakfast on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts is gutted after a large fire burned it down Saturday morning.

Photographs and video taken at the scene show flames engulfing the Veranda House, which dates back to the 17th century.

The 18-room boutique hotel on Step Lane was completely renovated in 2020, according to the Nantucket Resort Collection website.

The Nantucket Fire Department said it first received a 911 call about the Veranda House fire shortly after 6:45 a.m.

As fire crews responded to the scene, officials said an off-duty fire captain and several civilians rushed to the hotel after hearing about the blaze and helped extricate guests from the hotel.

The captain was directed by a guest to a room that may have had someone in it, but it was empty. The captain, however, found two other people in the hallway whom he helped bring to safety. Officials said he attempted to search the hotel further, but was repelled by intense heat and smoke.

“The captain and others entered hazardous conditions without protective gear to ensure everyone got out of the building,” the fire department said in a statement. “The actions of the citizens and the captain saved lives.”

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When active firefighters arrived on the scene, a massive fire broke out on all three floors on the east side of the Veranda House. The crew discovered that all hotel guests would have been evacuated and that heavy flames in the hotel did not allow firefighters to enter the building.

Officials said several hand lines and large main hoses were deployed in an attempt to contain the fire, but the flames spread to several other buildings near Veranda House.

The large fire broke out in at least two other buildings and several of them, including the Veranda house, were considered total losses, officials said.

Shortly before 2 p.m., the Nantucket Current tweeted a video that shows part of the charred hotel collapsing into the street.

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Firefighters from multiple Cape Cod departments were called in to help as the fire spread over the greater area, including Hyannis, Yarmouth and Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM).

Cape Cod firefighters arrived in Nantucket via Steamship Authority and Hy-Line high-speed ferries. Officials said Hyannis firefighters arrived at 9:30 a.m., while Yarmouth and COMM firefighters arrived at 10:40 a.m.

Other Cape Cod firefighters will arrive to assist those currently working to contain the blaze. Officials said a total of 17 Nantucket Fire Department personnel responded to the scene.

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No civilian injuries have been reported so far. Two firefighters were taken to Nantucket Cottage Hospital to be treated for possible heat exhaustion, while a third was transported for a back injury.

Emergency services personnel at the scene ensured that all guests and Veranda House staff were present.

About 185 customers were without power due to the blaze around 8:45 a.m., according to National Grid. All but seven regained their power at 11 a.m.

Firefighters are expected to be at the scene for an extended period, so people are asked to avoid the area of ​​Step Lane and North Water, Center and Ash streets.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Nantucket Fire Department and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, also known as the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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