Raging fire breaks out at bed and breakfast on Nantucket Courtesy Nantucket Current
NANTUCKET, Mass. — A raging blaze ripped through a centuries-old bed and breakfast on Nantucket on Saturday morning.
The entire Nantucket Fire Department was scene battling heavy flames at the Veranda House at 3 Step Lane. Crews from Yarmouth also responded to assist Nantucket firefighters.
Video showed the fire engulfing the hotel as flames shot from the roof. The entire downtown section was consumed with smoke.
The fire spread to at least one nearby residence across the street, the Nantucket Current reported.
The hotel was left completely gutted and charred debris littered the streets.
Drone video showed firefighters dousing the hotel with several lines of water as they worked for hours to control hot spots.
Nantucket Deputy Fire Chief Sean Mitchell told the Current that his department believes everyone staying at the hotel is accounted for.
The Nantucket Police Department urged the public to stay away from the area of North Water Street, Center Street, Step Lane, and Ash Street.
The three-story hotel dates back to the late 1600s. It features 18 rooms and suites, and it overlooks the harbor.
Peter Keady, a Pennsylvania native, was staying just two blocks away when the fire started. He shared photos of the scene on Facebook with a caption that read, “Total loss of the Veranda House on Nantucket.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Boston 25 News reached out to Nantucket fire officials on Saturday morning but the department was unavailable for comment.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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