The Newport Fire Marshall begins an investigation into the fire that destroyed a historic mansion on Bellevue Avenue. No one was reported injured in the blaze, which began Thursday afternoon.
The fire broke out at the historic Stonor Lodge, a 9,000 square foot historic building, in the midst of a renovation.
Newport Fire Captain Phil Oliveira says the blaze had completely engulfed the building the time crews arrived on scene.
“They immediately went into a defensive mode,” said Oliveira. “Basically they knew, by the time the first engine got there that the building was a total loss, so they protected everything around it.”
Oliveira says high winds coming off the ocean, spurred the fire, and made it especially difficult to contain.
Stonor Lodge, reportedly worth more than three million dollars, was one of Newport’s Gilded-Age mansions, and once owned by the Drexel family.