Brewster Fire Department Responds to Eastham Structure Fire

On Thursday January 16, 2013 at 5:10 a.m. Car 231 (Chief Moran), Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison), Engine 234, and Engine 233 responded to 174 Ireland Way in Eastham for a second alarm structure fire. Due to the fact that the Town of Eastham does not have fire hydrants Engine 234 and Car 232 were dispatched to Great Pond in Eastham to establish a filling point for apparatus assigned to the tanker task force. Car 231 responded to the scene and was assigned to assist the Incident Commander with scene management. On the initial arrival units from the Eastham fire department found a 2 ½ story wood frame private dwelling with 75% fire involvement. Fortunately, the home was used as a summer residence by the owners and was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Due to the heavy fire involvement Eastham firefighters initiated a defensive fire attack using tank water until a primary water supply could be established after which several attack lines were stretched and utilized for extinguishment and overhaul. Brewster units operated at the scene until approximately 7:15 a.m. The Eastham Fire Department, State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Eastham Police Department are conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire.