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A five-alarm fire destroyed the historic Armont Inn in New Hampshire on Wednesday morning, as police and a neighbor rescued a man from the 80-year-old structure shortly before it was consumed by flames.

The inn, which dates to 1935, is in an area of Campton, N.H., that is so remote that fire officials had to call in water tankers to fight the blaze, said Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue Chief Dan Defosses.

It took two hours and 60 firefighters to put out the blaze, he said. Investigators are trying to determine the cause.

The inn, near the west side of White Mountain National Forest, had lately hosted community dinners and occasional guests and was long a local landmark in the small Grafton County town.

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Defosses said he believes the man rescued from the fire was the owner of the inn.

Authorities were alerted to the fire on Ellsworth Hill Road just after 4:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the fire was burning in a two-floor, 100-by-40-foot barn.

The barn was attached to a two-story, 50-by-30-foot house where the man was living, Defosses said. A Campton police officer and neighbor who were first on scene assisted the man out of the building, just 20 minutes before the fire spread through the entire structure.


Sarah Roberts can be reached at sarah.roberts@globe.com.