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Fire rips through historic, 17th-century inn on Nantucket

A fire ripped through a historic landmark on Nantucket Saturday morning, leaving the centuries-old structure heavily damaged.

Firefighters battled the blaze that tore through the Veranda House inn, which dates back to the late 17th century. The inn is located in downtown Nantucket.

Several nearby buildings were also damaged.

Officials say all guests and employees were safely evacuated from the inn. No injuries were reported, according to a statement from the Nantucket Fire Department.

Multiple firefighters from around the Cape Cod area headed to the island to help battle the flames, the Yarmouth Fire Department said on Facebook.

Two firefighters were treated for possible heat exhaustion and a third firefighter was treated for a back injury, according to the Nantucket Fire Department.

The department describes damage to the buildings as "extensive, with several of the buildings being a total loss."

Photos and videos posted online during the day Saturday showed smoke billowing into the sky above the downtown area.

The inn, which was built in the late 1600s, boasts 18 rooms and suites, according to its website.

With material from The Associated Press and reporting from WBUR's newsroom.


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