NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A multi-fire broke out at a popular New Hampshire resort Saturday afternoon, prompting state fire officials to begin an investigation.
According to the N.H. Department of Safety, the State Fire Marshal's Office was on scene at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort on White Mountain Highway in North Conway, to fight a blaze that started from the south wing and third floor of the building. Fire officials say that guests were seen evacuating, with some jumping from the upper-level to lower-level balconies to escape the flames.
Firefighters say that containing the fire was a challenge because of the high winds blowing at the time.
Officials did not disclosed the condition of Red Jacket's 40,000 square foot "Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park."
Two firefighters and one civilian sustained non-life-threatening injuries, for which they were treated at the scene and transported to Memorial Hospital as a precaution, officials say. The N.H. Department of Safety says there are no reports of unaccounted for hotel guests, and those who were staying at the Red Jacket have been offered alternative hospitality at a nearby resort.
During the blaze, the North Conway Fire Department requested the assistance of multiple surrounding communities, and more than a dozen answered the call. Fire officials closed portions of Route 16 in proximity to the fire at the time of the incident, but say they have since re-opened those areas. Though traffic is flowing again, state fire officials are asking the public to avoid the area if they can.