On Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3:53 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a reported fire involving a clothes dryer at 56 Atwood Circle. The first arriving engine company under the command of Captain Kevin Varley found a two story wood frame residential private dwelling with smoke detectors sounding and all occupants evacuated from the building. Upon entering the building a heavy smoke condition was discovered throughout the second floor of the residence with flames from the area of the dryer. Due to the potential for fire extension into other second floor areas the Captain requested a working fire assignment bringing assistance from the Harwich, Orleans, Chatham, and Eastham fire departments to the scene and Yarmouth and Dennis to fire headquarters for station coverage. Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command of the incident. An 1 ¾ attack line was stretched to the second floor for fire extinguishment which was completed rapidly with minimal damage to the structure. A check for fire extension with thermal imaging cameras proved negative and smoke within the residence was ventilated by fire suppression personnel. Command was terminated and all fire units returned to service at approximately 5:00 p.m.
The Brewster Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind all members of the community about the importance of ensuring your residence is protected by properly functioning smoke detectors. This incident also highlights the importance of immediately dialing 911in the event of an emergency situation within your home.