Hampton Beach Fire |

February 26, 2010 by Post Team 

Hampton Beach FireHampton Beach Fire | fierce blaze that broke out in the unoccupied Surf Hotel, at Hampton Beach NH, was spread by nearly hurricane force gales to nearby buildings overwhelming an entire block. Many businesses have been destroyed. Thankfully so far there are no reports of anybody receiving injuries.

The three- story Surf Hotel is amid a heavily populated area of Hampton, along the Atlantic coast. The fire in the wood-framed buildings which incorporated a storage facility, gift shop, apartments and a games arcade, rapidly spread. Fortunately most of the businesses along the seafront area are open only in the summer, and fire chief Steve Benotti said the buildings were empty at the time.

A storm moving along the coast only helped to fan the flames but the fire has now been contained. Witnesses said that the fire was visible even from several miles away. The fire department which was already stretched because of emergencies due to the bad weather had to call in extra help from Massachusetts and Maine.

According to by the time it was extinguished the fire had totally devastated many buildings. The Ocean Boulevard strip where the Surf Hotel stood is a popular buzzing area in the summer and a big attraction for visitors going to the beach. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Were you a fan of the Surf Hotel, and do you think the area will ever feel the same again?

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