May 9th, 2022
The Red Jacket Mountain View resort, a historic resort in New Hampshire, faces severe damage from a large fire on April 30th. Located at 2251 White Mountain Highway in North Conway, NH, the 51 year old building boasted 150 rooms, and an indoor waterpark on the same property.
Due to the fire, at least a third of the building has been tagged as a total loss, with the entire south wing of 75 rooms now collapsed. The fire was so hot and quick that it breached three fire walls and entered into the central part of the building which now mostly faces limited water damage. The resort had no automatic sprinkler in the south wing, citing a NH law which does not require automatic sprinkler systems in non high rise buildings built before 1990, but did have hardwired smoke alarms and heat sensors. Firefighters say that strong winds that day only fanned the flames even more.
A total of 20 fire teams came together to stomp out the flames and ensure guests made it out safely. Two guests faced injuries unrelated to the fire. Visitors were bussed to nearby hotels around the state. The resort is a big tourism draw for the entire town of North Conway, and locals are trying to grasp how this may impact their economy going forward. The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort will be closed for at least the rest of 2022, but are hopeful to “rise again from the ashes” as their roadside sign says.
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