Brewster Fire Department Responds to Structure Fire in Harwich

On Saturday February 1, at 10:56 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded with Heavy Rescue 241, Car 231 (Chief Moran), and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) to 40 Hillcrest Road in the Town of Harwich on an automatic line box assignment for a working structure fire. On arrival, the Harwich Fire Department found a heavy volume of fire emanating from a large two story car garage impinging on a semi-attached 2 story wood-frame private residential dwelling.  Harwich firefighters initiated an aggressive exterior and interior attack using multiple pre-connected hand lines in an attempt to confine the fire to the garage and prevent extension into the residence and the adjacent homes. Brewster firefighters were assigned to the interior division 2 (second floor) of the structure to search for fire that may have extended into the area and into the attic above. Chief Moran was assigned as the Sector “C” or rear side Chief Officer and Deputy Chief Harrison was assigned as the Sector “A” of front side Chief Officer.


After approximately 15 minutes of aggressive and coordinated fire suppression activities the Incident Commander declared the fire under control. Major overhaul of the structure and detailed searches of numerous interior areas for hidden fire were then completed by the units on scene. In addition to the response to the scene Brewster Engine 239 and Ambulance 242 were assigned to cover Harwich Fire Headquarters during the incident. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 1:15 a.m.