Fire rips in North Conway, NH hotel

Officials said fire crews were working to put out a large fire by 2 a.m. Sunday at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway. Aerial video taken Sunday morning shows the aftermath of Saturday’s fire at the well-known resort on White Mountain Highway. Due to the strong winds, officials said the fire reached the building quickly. Fire crews brought in excavators to move steel and debris to completely extinguish the fire. Authorities said there were no sprinklers in the section of the building where the fire started. North Conway Fire Chief Pat Preece said part of the building was built in the 1970s, before sprinkler requirements. A partial sprinkler system was located in only a small part of the building. At this time, authorities do not know how the fire started. >> Watch Firefighters Full UpdateIn a statement provided to News 9 on Sunday, the resort said: “Yesterday, we experienced an extremely unfortunate incident at our beloved Red Jacket Mountain Resort. The fire that broke out in our south wing was extinguished thanks to the action from the North Conway Fire Department and many first responders in the area. We are extremely grateful for them and the outpouring of support from the local community to help our guests and our staff. We are truly honored by their spirit of giving.””Guest and the Staff safety is always our first priority. The hotel will remain closed for the foreseeable future and we are working to ensure that guests and staff who have stayed at the property during this time have their needs met. We are in the process of connecting with future guests about their reservations .””Red Jacket Mountain Resort continues to support authorities in their investigation and related issues. Any information on this matter may be directed to the North Conway Fire Department.” According to the New Hampshire Department of Security, guests were seen jumping from upper-level balconies to the lower level before safely escaping to the ground. There were no reports of unaccounted guests. Two firefighters were treated for heat-related exhaustion and fatigue. They were treated and released. A civilian was taken to Memorial Hospital as a precaution for shortness of breath. Another civilian with diabetes was taken to the hospital as a precaution because medication was in the building. Preece said fighting the fire was a challenge, as it was a mountain terrace resort. More than 28 departments across the state helped. >> See the raw video of the scene Preece said the rest of the hotel remains structurally, but there was some smoke and water damage. 75 rooms were destroyed in the fire. Those who stayed at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort were offered to stay at a nearby resort. Residents and local groups came together to help those who were at the resort at the time of the fire. “In fact, you can’t imagine what this means to us for our team here at Red Jacket and we just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Justin Grimes of Red Jacket Mountain Resort. State Fire Marshal Sean Toomey said the destruction is so complete that witness statements will be crucial in helping them identify the cause of the fire. can get information from the panel that will help identify some of the areas of the fire,” Toomey said. Anyone with information about the fire should contact the State Fire Department office at 603-223-4289. The resort will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The resort is trying to figure out how to keep its workers employed.

Officials said fire crews were working to put out a large blaze by 2 a.m. Sunday at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway.

Aerial video taken Sunday morning shows the aftermath of Saturday’s fire at the well-known resort on White Mountain Highway.

Due to the strong winds, officials said the fire reached the building quickly. Fire crews brought in excavators to move steel and debris to completely extinguish the fire.

Authorities said there were no sprinklers in the section of the building where the fire started.

North Conway Fire Chief Pat Preece said part of the building was built in the 1970s, before sprinkler requirements.

A partial sprinkler system was located in only a small part of the building.

At this point, authorities do not know how this fire started.

>> Watch the full firefighters update

In a statement provided to News 9 on Sunday, the resort said, “Yesterday we experienced an extremely unfortunate incident at our beloved Red Jacket Mountain Resort. We are extremely grateful for them and the support of the local community in helping our guests and our staff. honored with their spirit of giving.”

“The safety of guests and staff is always our first priority. The hotel will remain closed for the foreseeable future and we are working to ensure that guests and staff who have stayed at the property during this time have their needs met. We are in the process of connecting with future guests.” guests about their reservations.”

“Red Jacket Mountain Resort continues to support authorities in their investigation and questions related to this matter may be referred to the North Conway Fire Department.”

According to the New Hampshire Department of Security, guests were seen jumping from upper-level balconies to the lower level before safely escaping to the ground.

There were no reports of unaccounted guests.

Two firefighters were treated for heat-related exhaustion and fatigue. They were treated and released.

A civilian was taken to Memorial Hospital as a precaution for shortness of breath. Another civilian with diabetes was taken to the hospital as a precaution because medication was in the building.

Preece said fighting the fire was a challenge, as it was a mountain terrace resort. More than 28 departments across the state helped.

>> See the raw video of the scene

Preece said the rest of the hotel remains structurally, but there was some smoke and water damage. 75 rooms were destroyed in the fire.

Those who stayed at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort were offered to stay at a nearby resort. Residents and local groups came together to help those who were at the resort at the time of the fire.

“In fact, you can’t imagine what this means to us for our team here at Red Jacket and we just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Justin Grimes of Red Jacket Mountain Resort.

State Fire Marshal Sean Toomey said the destruction is so complete that witness statements will be crucial in helping them identify the cause of the fire.

“We will use information from the fire alarm system and look into this cause as soon as we can get information from the panel that will help identify some of the areas of the fire,” Toomey said.

Anyone with information about the fire should contact the State Fire Department office at 603-223-4289.

The resort will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The resort is trying to figure out how to keep its workers employed.

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