Hampton Beach, NH Fire, Jun 1921


Flames Sweep Six Hotels, Theater, Garage and 20 Houses and Cottages.

HAMPTON BEACH, N. H., June 26. A spectacular fire swept the business and residential section of Hampton Beach early today, burned six hotels, more than a score of cottages, several homes and a theater and caused damage estimated at upwards of $400,000. Sixteen guests in the hotel where the fire originated saved themselves by leaping from the windows to the roof of an adjoining hostelry.

Prompt work by the fire departments of half a dozen surrounding cities and towns prevented the flames from spreading along the entire beach to Big Boar's Head. Despite the rapid progress of the conflagration and the large number of buildings burned, no one was injured.

The flames were discovered at 3:45 o'clock this morning by Mrs. C. P. Mitchell, manager of the Strand Hotel, owned by Goldstein Brothers of Springfield. She was awakened by smoke, and upon going down stairs found the ceiling of the kitchen ablaze. It is believed that the fire started from defective wiring.

Mrs. Mitchell aroused guests in the hotel, but so rapid was the spread of the flames that the occupants of the building were forced to lower themselves from upstairs windows to the ell of the Janvrin Hotel, from which they made their way to the ground.

Flames Jump 75 Foot Lot

Rapidly spreading from the Strand Hotel, the flames jumped across a 75 foot vacant lot and set fire to the Lawrence House.

Realizing that local fire equipment was unable to stop the spread of the fire, hurry calls were sent to neighboring localities for aid.

Starting shortly after 4 o'clock, motor driven apparatus from Portsmouth, Haverhill, Newburyport, Exeter and Amesbury rushed over roads, and by daylight the equipment from these communities had made record-breaking trips from their stations and were aiding the Hampton department.


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