Historic Nantucket hotel gutted by fire, partially collapses

A historic bed and breakfast on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket is gutted after a large fire burned through it Saturday morning.Photographs and videos 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 they first received a 911 call about the fire at the Veranda House shortly after 6:45 a.m.While fire crews were responding to the scene, officials said an off-duty fire captain and several civilians ran to the hotel after hearing about the fire and helped remove guests from the hotel.The captain was directed by a guest to a room that possibly had someone inside, but it was empty. The captain, however, did find two other people in the hallway that he helped to safety. Officials said he tried to search the hotel further, but was driven back by intense heat and smoke.”The captain and other entered into dangerous conditions without protective equipment to assure everyone got out of the building,” the fire department said in a statement. “The actions of the citizens and the captain saved lives.”When working firefighters arrived at the scene, there was a heavy fire across all three floors on the east side of the Veranda House. The crew found out that all patrons of the hotel were reportedly evacuated and heavy flames in the hotel did not allow firefighters to enter the building.Officials said several hand lines and large master stream hose lines were deployed in an attempt to contain the fire, but flames did spread to several other buildings to their proximity to the Veranda House.The extensive fire broke out in at least two other buildings and several of them, including the Veranda House, have been deemed total losses, according to officials.Shortly before 2 p.m., the Nantucket Current tweeted a video that shows part of the charred hotel collapsing into the street.Firefighters from several Cape Cod departments were called in to assist due to the spread of the fire over the larger area, including Hyannis, Yarmouth and Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM).The firefighters from Cape Cod arrived on 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.More Cape Cod firefighters will be arriving to provide relief for those who are currently working to contain the fire. Officials said a total of 17 Nantucket Fire Department personnel responded to the scene.No civilian injuries have been reported at this time. Two firefighters were transported 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 did assure all guests and staff at the Veranda House were accounted for.Firefighters are expected to be at the scene for an extended period of time, so people are being 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, which is also known as the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

A historic bed and breakfast on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket is gutted after a large fire burned through it Saturday morning.

Photographs and videos 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 they first received a 911 call about the fire at the Veranda House shortly after 6:45 a.m.

While fire crews were responding to the scene, officials said an off-duty fire captain and several civilians ran to the hotel after hearing about the fire and helped remove guests from the hotel.

The captain was directed by a guest to a room that possibly had someone inside, but it was empty. The captain, however, did find two other people in the hallway that he helped to safety. Officials said he tried to search the hotel further, but was driven back by intense heat and smoke.

“The captain and other entered into dangerous conditions without protective equipment to assure 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 working firefighters arrived at the scene, there was a heavy fire across all three floors on the east side of the Veranda House. The crew found out that all patrons of the hotel were reportedly evacuated and heavy flames in the hotel did not allow firefighters to enter the building.

Officials said several hand lines and large master stream hose lines were deployed in an attempt to contain the fire, but flames did spread to several other buildings to their proximity to the Veranda House.

The extensive fire broke out in at least two other buildings and several of them, including the Veranda House, have been deemed total losses, according to officials.

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 several Cape Cod departments were called in to assist due to the spread of the fire over the larger area, including Hyannis, Yarmouth and Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM).

The firefighters from Cape Cod arrived on 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.

More Cape Cod firefighters will be arriving to provide relief for those who are currently working to contain the fire. Officials said a total of 17 Nantucket Fire Department personnel responded to the scene.

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No civilian injuries have been reported at this time. Two firefighters were transported 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 did assure all guests and staff at the Veranda House were accounted for.

Firefighters are expected to be at the scene for an extended period of time, so people are being 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, which is also known as the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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