On Saturday, Massachusetts firefighters were battling a large fire that was initially reported at a hotel on Nantucket Island.
An off-duty captain and several other people rushed to the scene to help evacuate guests from the hotel after authorities learned there was a fire at the Veranda House hotel shortly after 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, according to a news release from the Nantucket Fire Department.
According to the department, “the actions of the citizens and the Captain saved lives.”
The hotel confirmed in a Facebook post that all staff members and visitors had been evacuated safely and were all present.
Nevertheless, despite firefighters’ best efforts to contain the blaze, the flames continued to burn and spread to a number of additional buildings, with “extensive fire” developing in at least two of the structures, according to the fire department.
The department stated in its news release that the fire “was unable to be contained to the building involved and has spread to several surrounding buildings.” The affected structures have sustained significant damage, with several of the buildings being total losses, according to the fire department.
No injuries to civilians were reported, but the department said two firefighters had to be taken away from the scene due to possible heat exhaustion, and a third had to be taken away due to a back injury.
According to the fire department, firefighters were still present at the scene at 2:30 p.m. and were anticipated to stay “for an extended period.” Police issued a statement asking people to stay away from the area.
shared videos on social media The historic hotel caught on fire on Saturday. According to the Nantucket Resort Collection website, the 17th-century building known as The Veranda House underwent a complete renovation in 2020.
According to the website, the 18-room boutique hotel with harbor views provides a “unique mix of sophisticated flair and laid-back luxury.”
The town council, the local fire and police departments, as well as nearby businesses, have all been contacted by CNN.