JACKSON — The two-century-old, Victorian style building that formed the centerpiece of the Nestlenook Estate and Resort had to be destroyed Monday in order to fully extinguish a fire that started Sunday night, the town fire chief said.
The inn had been closed for substantial renovations, but last month the website announced it would re-open for business this winter.
The fire started about 9:30 p.m. Sunday and generated heavy black smoke and an intense heat in the three-story building, said Fire Chief Jay Henry. He said the fire was located deep inside the building and was difficult to reach.
On Monday afternoon, the fire department brough in an excavator to tear down the building.
“In order to put the fire out, we pretty much had to take in a machine and rip it apart,” Henry said.Henry said the fire appears to have been electrical in origin and associated with kitchen coolers located in the basement of the building.
The fire drew nearly 50 firefighters from Jackson and several regional towns, Henry said.
He said the state Fire Marshall’s Office is involved in the investigation.