Massive Fire Destroys Motel, 2 Other Buildings in Salisbury
Massive flames engulfed a motel and at least two other buildings early Monday, destroying the structures in Salisbury, Massachusetts.
The fire was reported shortly before 2 a.m. at Michael’s Oceanfront Motel at 40 Central Avenue. Heavy flames could be seen throughout the building.
The motel and two other buildings described as residential were destroyed.
Salisbury fire officials confirmed that multiple buildings were on fire. Mutual aid has been called in from numerous neighboring communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
It was not immediately clear if anyone was hurt.
Whipping winds of 20 to 30 mph were making it difficult for firefighters to contain the blaze and keep it from spreading further. Fortunately, temperatures in Salisbury are in the mid-30s and above freezing.
Salisbury police said Northend Boulevard is closed from the intersection of Broadway to the area of 150 Northend Boulevard as crews continue to battle the flames. Residents are asked to avoid the area if possible.
They said a community room has been set up at the police station where anyone displaced by the fire can go to receive assistance from the Red Cross and other agencies.
Power was shut off on Central Avenue around 6 a.m. A warming and temporary shelter has been set up at the Hilton Senior Center at 43 Lafayette Road.
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Team is also on scene working with those impacted by the fire and providing blankets, meals, beverages and snacks at the senior center.
The state fire marshal’s office said it will be assisting Salisbury fire officials in determining the cause of the blaze.
No further information was immediately available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.