Landmark Lakes Region restaurant destroyed by Thanksgiving night fire
No injuries were reported in the fire, which was battled by firefighters from 10 area communities. The fire was reported at about 10 p.m. at the 128 Lee Road location.
Firefighters and police had not determined the cause as of early this morning.
In 20-degree, windy weather conditions, the fire spread quickly through the main building, which neighbors said is at least 100 years old. It also destroyed the dining space in the buildings behind.
John Murphy, a neighbor and a former manager at the restaurant, said the restaurant was open, having served meals on Thanksgiving until about 7 p.m.
"I've talked to people who were working there, they said everyone was long gone, well before 10 p.m." Murphy said.
Murphy said he heard no explosions.
"All we heard were the sirens, and when I looked out, the main building was mostly gone, flames everywhere," Murphy said.
Police blocked off the road for several hundred feet on either side of the restaurant. Officers would not comment on the fire, saying it was under investigation.
The restaurant, which neighbors said changed owner in recent years, advertises on its website that it is "an authentic 19th-century farmhouse and barn tucked away along quaint country roads and surrounded by open pastures, orchards and mountain vista."
Town firefighters were joined by firefighters from Center Harbor, Sandwich, Holderness, Meredith, Tuftonborough, Tamworth, Gilford, West Ossipee, and Laconia in fighting the fire.
Crews were still on the scene well beyond midnight, as the fire spread through the restaurants expansive dining areas.
A ladder truck from Meredith aided with water from above.