NH firefighters will provide an update on Saturday’s Red Jacket Hotel fire at a press conference

The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office and the North Conway Fire Department will hold a press conference at 2 p.m., the state Fire Marshal’s Office announced Sunday.

On Saturday, New Hampshire Department of Safety emergency crews received a 911 call reporting the hotel fire at 2:47 p.m., the fire marshal’s office said in a statement.

Responding teams saw heavy gunfire and smoke billowing from the hotel, located at 2251 White Mountain Highway, the statement said.

The three injured were treated at the scene and transported to Memorial Hospital as a precaution, according to the Office of the Fire Marshal.

Crews from at least 18 nearby communities assisted firefighters in North Conway, who faced strong gusts of wind as they battled the blazes on Saturday, according to the fire marshal’s office.

Guests staying at the Red Jacket have been offered shelter at another nearby resort, the fire marshal’s office said in a statement Saturday.

Knudsen said the hotel will remain closed for the near future and management is working to accommodate the needs of staff and guests who were on the property during the fire. The hotel is also contacting people who have made reservations, she said.

“We are extremely grateful to them and for the outpouring of support from the local community to help our guests and staff,” Knudsen said. “We are truly touched by their spirit of giving.”

The North Conway property, part of the Red Jacket resort chain, was purchased by New York-based EOS Investors in the fall, the company said in a November statement.

The Red Jacket chain includes five resorts on Cape Cod, as well as the North Conway Hotel, according to the company.

The North Conway Hotel was opened on July 4, 1971, according to an online story. In 2008, the 40,000 square foot Kahuna Laguna indoor water park was added to the 150-room hotel.

For several years in the 1970s and 1980s, the red jacket was the focus of the Volvo International Tennis Tournament when it was held in North Conway. The tennis stars would cover the few miles between the contest site and the hotel by helicopter, the Globe reported during the 1979 tournament.

At the crowded bar of the Red Jacket, stars staying at the hotel would rehash the day’s events over a drink; a Globe reported referring to “baseline winners,” “topspin,” and “deep” second serves.

Kendra Price, then 22 and working as one of the bartenders, said in a post that some of the tennis stars were great – luminaries like Arthur Ashe, Manuel Orantes and John Alexander.

“They tip so well,” Price said.

During the 1984 tournament, hotel manager Carl Lindblade told The Globe that the tournament was “a spiritual high point for us”.

“The world comes to us once a year and brings hundreds of thousands of dollars with them,” Lindblade said.


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