August 13, 2022

Fire on Nantucket Island: Damages historic hotel and other buildings

Authorities received a report of a fire at the Veranda House Hotel shortly after 6:45 a.m. Saturday, at which time an off-duty captain and several others rushed to the scene to help evacuate guests from the hotel, the Nantucket Fire Department said. Press release.

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

In a Facebook post, the hotel Confident All staff and guests were safely evacuated and accounted for.

But the fire spread and spread to multiple buildings, with “extensive flames” developing in at least two structures despite firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the blaze, the fire department said.

“The fire could not be contained in the affected building and spread to several surrounding buildings,” the department said in its news release. “Damage to affected structures is extensive, with many buildings being total losses.”

No civilians were injured, but two firefighters were transported from the scene with possible heat exhaustion and a third with a back injury, the department said.

Firefighters were still on the scene as of 2:30 p.m. and were expected to remain “for an extended period of time,” the department said. In a statement, the police appealed to the public Skip the section.
Videos shared on social media on Saturday showed the historic hotel on fire. Veranda House, a 17th-century building, was completely renovated in 2020, according to Nantucket Resort Collection. Website.

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

CNN reached out to local fire and police departments, the city council and local neighborhood businesses.