The 338-year-old Veranda House Hotel in Nantucket burned down
A major fire ravaged a 17th-century boutique hotel on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts on Saturday, causing “extensive” damage to the posh property.
Local firefighters rushed to the 18-room Veranda House Hotel around 6:45 a.m. to evacuate guests and fight the blaze, officials said.
According to a press release from the Nantucket Fire Department, an off-duty fire captain and several bystanders without safety gear rushed into the building to rescue tourists.
“The captain was escorted to a room by a guest who may have had an occupant but found it empty but found two others in the hallway which he safely helped to,” the press release said.
“He tried to search further but was pushed back by the intense heat and smoke. The actions of the citizens and the captain saved lives.”
A few hours later, Nantucket first responders were joined by firefighters from nearby Cape Cod communities, who brought additional firefighting equipment onto high-speed ferries to help extinguish the blaze, officials said.
Dramatic footage of the blaze showed the upscale bed and breakfast completely engulfed in bright orange flames as plumes of billowing black smoke poured out of the building. Several neighboring buildings in the coastal community also caught fire, according to first responders.
“The damage to the structures involved is extensive, with several of the buildings being total losses,” the fire department said.
Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and another for back pain, officials said. No civilians were injured.
The Veranda House dates from 1684 according to The Boston Globe. It was renovated in 2020. Rooms at the historic hotel have been rented for as much as $799 a night, according to its website.