At Hampton Beach's Surf Hotel, fire broke out after midnight early this morning and has destroyed virtually an entire block of buildings. Firefighters from Hampton Beach and surrounding communities did their best to keep the fire from spreading, but intense winds off the Atlantic fan the flames onto surrounding buildings. In all, five buildings were destroyed (including the Happy Hampton Arcade and Mrs. Mitchell's gift shop), and no injuries have been reported. Another building the Moulton(!) Hotel, suffered damage.
The Surf Hotel fire reportedly started after the heavy winds blew the roof off the top of the aging three-story building. Luckily Hampton, unlike the ski resorts of New Hampshire's White Mountains region, is summer-seasonal community, and no one was inside the Surf Hotel when fire broke out, or when roof blew off.
This block on Ocean Boulevard has burned down 2 or 3 times in the last century, according to a fire official. Here's a picture of Surf Hotel, in better days:
And several eyewitness videos have made it onto the Youtube: