3-Alarm Fire at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Building

3-Alarm Fire at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Building

HAMPTON- Crews are fighting a three-alarm fire at 169 Ocean Blvd. that broke out Wednesday morning, fire officials said.

In February 2010, a fire destroyed an entire block in Hampton Beach, and Fire Chief Jameson Ayotte said that fire was in their minds as they responded to the fire.

Ayotte said mutual aid companies assisted in the extinguishment and overhaul of the fire. I knew that we did have sprinkler protection in this building. "The smoke was coming from the roof just over the Purple Urchin".

Firefighters initially battled the fire from the front stairs.

Donnie Miller, owner of Hampton Family Fun Center, said he lives a few minutes away and rushed to the scene after hearing about the fire.

Numerous area fire departments from New Hampshire and MA responded to the scene.

The building holds multiple businesses, and Hampton Fire Department's Twitter page said that the Purple Urchin is the business that is on fire. "Not that you want anything to happen, but if it's going to happen at least it happened when everything was shut down", he said.

Eventually, he was able to get a look inside. There was also smoke and water damage in other parts of the huge, multi-use building.

He said his business has water damage and possibly smoke damage as well. Firefighters said the building was unoccupied at the time, as most of the seasonal businesses were closed for the winter season.

The chief added that two firefighters were taken to a local hospital after suffering minor injuries. "All were evaluated by medical staff and are expected to make a full recovery". The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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