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

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Massachusetts firefighters were battling a large fire first reported at a hotel on Nantucket Island.

Authorities received a report of a fire at the Veranda House hotel just after 6:45 a.m. Saturday, when an off-duty captain and several people rushed to the scene to help evacuate hotel guests, said said the Nantucket Fire Department in a news release.

“The actions of the citizens 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 accommodated.

But the flames raged and spread to several other buildings, with an “extensive fire” developing in at least two of the structures despite firefighters’ efforts to contain the blaze, the fire department said.

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

No civilian injuries were reported, but two firefighters were airlifted 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 p.m. and were expected to remain “for an extended period,” the department said. In a statement, the police asked people to avoid the area.

Videos shared on social media on Saturday showed the historic hotel 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 blend of sophisticated style and laid-back luxury” with harbor views, according to the site.

CNN contacted local fire and police departments, the city council and nearby local businesses.

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