Original Structure Dates Back 330 Years
ONE OF NEW ENGLAND'S OLDEST remaining hostelries was destroyed by fire Tuesday night in Groton, Massachusetts. The Old Groton Inn, also known as the Stagecoach Inn & Tavern, is one of the state's prize landmarks. In business since 1678, the current structure was built in 1761 and has been maintained and restored over the centuries, still taking bookings for rooms and special banquets.
Old Groton Inn photo by John Phelan prior to August 2, 2011
Tuesday night around 9:30 pm one of the employees noticed smoke on the second floor and sent the alarm. The first-in units found fire already building in the attic area of well-seasoned wood and escalated the dispatch to four alarms, bringing in an additional 15 FD's to assist.
NECN documents the fire's progress in this video report that includes a description by the Groton fire chief:
No injuries were reported from the fire and there is no indication yet of the cause. Damage is extensive, but it is not known yet if any of the original portion of the building will be salvagable. The current proprietor has owned the inn since 1977, but has reportedly been trying to sell it recently. Apparently during none of the restorations was it decided to install a sprinkler system.
The Lowell Sun posted this raw video of the fire:
Old Groton Inn WEBSITE.
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