Nantucket Island fire: Massive blaze damages historic hotel and several other buildings

Authorities received a report about a fire at the Veranda House hotel just after 6:45 am Saturday, at which time an off-duty captain and several people ran to the scene to help evacuate guests from the hotel, the Nantucket Fire Department said in a news release.

« The actions of the citizens and the Captain saved lives, » the department said.

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

But the flames raged on and spread to several other buildings, with « extensive fire » developing in at least two of the structures despite firefighters’ efforts to keep the blaze contained, the fire department said.

Authorities got a report about the fire early Saturday morning.

« Fire was unable to be contained to the building involved and has spread to several surrounding buildings, » the department said in its news release. « Damage to the structures involved is extensive with several of the buildings being total losses. »

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

Firefighters were still on the scene at 2:30 pm and were expected to remain « for an extended period, » the department said. In a statement, police asked people to avoid the area.
Videos shared on social media Saturday showed 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 offers a « unique mix of sophisticated flair and laid-back luxury » with harbor views, according to the site.

CNN has reached out to the local fire and police departments, the town council and local nearby businesses.

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