This story has been updated throughout.
A fire engulfed the iconic Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway on Saturday afternoon.
Thick gray and black smoke could be seen for miles as flames erupted from the second and third floors of the sprawling complex’s south wing, according to the state fire marshal’s office. Several people jumped from the balcony to escape the flames.
The North Conway Firefighters Association said it was pulling supply lines on Highway 16 in an effort to get more water to fire trucks. Gusty winds also made it difficult for firefighters to extinguish the fire.
A roof had partially collapsed, according to the Rockingham Alert Facebook page.
According to the Conway Daily Sun, guests, many of whom were at the Kahuna Laguna indoor water park when the fire broke out around 2:50 p.m., were still in swimsuits when given blankets and directed to buses.
The state fire marshal’s office said all guests were accommodated. Hotels in the area have opened their rooms to Red Jacket customers.
Two firefighters and a civilian were treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Memorial Hospital as a precaution.
Firefighters from across the region responded to the blaze, including Conway, Center Conway, East Conway, Redstone, Bartlett, Jackson, Madison, Tamworth, Ossipee,
Ossipee Centre, Moultonborough, Harbor Centre, Sandwich, Milton, Wolfeboro, Shelburne, Effingham and Wakefield.
Action Ambulance and Entraide de la Région des Lacs also helped.
The 40-acre hotel is a year-round resort with the addition of the indoor water park in 2008. The hotel consists of 150 hotel rooms and 12 townhouses.
According to the Conway Daily Sun, the hotel opened on July 4, 1971, on the site of the former Birchmont Inn, which burned down in 1970. The resort was sold in November to New York-based EOS Investors LLC.