Fire breaks out at popular Red Jacket Resort in North Conway, NH – CBS Boston

NORTH CONWAY, NH (CBS) — A massive fire broke out at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, a popular hotel in North Conway, New Hampshire, on Saturday afternoon.

The fire started just before 3 p.m. on the third floor in the south wing of the resort

The New Hampshire Fire Department said, “At one point, some guests were able to jump from the upper to lower balconies before escaping safely to the ground.”

A photo of the fire at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort. (Photo Credit: Kathy Sutherland)

Two firefighters and one person were treated with minor injuries. All three were taken to Memorial Hospital as a precaution.

“At this time, there are no reports of missing guests, and those who stayed in the Red Jacket have offered hospitality at another nearby resort,” the state fire chief said.

The resort is a family retreat in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and is home to Kahuna Laguna, an indoor water park.

Witnesses told WBZ-TV that about half of the building went up in flames and the roof collapsed.

“The entire right-hand section has completely collapsed. There’s nothing left of that. And it has now spread to the next section. We’ve heard many people on the lawn and in the streets saying what a tragedy and how much they love coming here,” said witness Staci Huckins, who saw the fire start from the hotel’s front yard. “We just saw the smoke in the distance as we went down Route 16 and decided to see if we could figure out where it was coming from. As we got closer we saw more smoke and we got to the building and it looked like the first, maybe three or four rooms on the right had been flooded.”

Firefighters from more than a dozen cities helped put out the blaze.

“It’s pretty unbelievable based on the number of people in the building, and to have just three injuries is pretty significant,” witness Josiah Huchins said.

Route 16 was closed for a while, but reopened Saturday night.

Hotels in that area offer free rooms to families affected by this. Many of them lost everything they had packed.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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