The Surf Hotel in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, was engulfed by a major fire late last night, which also affected adjacent buildings.
WBZ-TV reports that the Surf Hotel was destroyed in the fire, but no one was hurt, as it is closed for the winter.
The Surf Hotel's official Web site described the hotel as a small family-owned operation "situated in the middle of all beach activities ... directly opposite the Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach, NH."
The area is about an hour north of Boston and a popular tourist destination.
The AP reports that Hampton Beach has a history of major fires, including incidents in 1915, 1923, 1950, and 1999."
Five buildings in all were destroyed by the fire, per Boston.com, which also adds the following details about the blaze:
A fire alarm activated at 295 Ocean Blvd. shortly after midnight, said Hampton Fire Capt ain David Lang. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire on the first floor of the wood-frame hotel and thick smoke billowing from the building.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
NewHampshire.com posted this video of the Surf Hotel fire: