Brewster Firefighters Battle House Fire


At 2:08 a.m. Saturday April 4 the Brewster Fire Department received a 911 call reporting a house fire at 3811 Main Street. Brewster Engine 239 under the command of Captain Kevin Varley, Ladder 237, Engine 234, Heavy Rescue 241, and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to the scene. Orleans Tower 176 and Harwich Engine 68 were also dispatched on the structure fire line box assignment.

On arrival Engine 239 reported a heavy volume of fire on the first floor of a two-story wood frame private dwelling extending to the second floor via the exterior siding of the home. Car 231 arrived on scene, assumed command and requested the working fire assignment bringing an additional engine from Eastham and a Harwich ambulance to the scene. The crew from Engine 239 immediately stretched a 1 ¾ pre-connected attack line to the interior of the structure and initiated fire suppression operations. The Orleans crew began horizontal ventilation while other arriving units were assigned to a variety of critical fireground tasks such as conducting searches of the residence, stretching additional attack lines to the upper floors to prevent fire extension, roof ventilation operations, overhaul, rapid intervention, and command and control of the scene. A second alarm was requested by command for additional manpower and resources.  This assignment brought a Dennis engine, Harwich Ladder, and a Chatham engine to the scene. The aggressive interior fire suppression operation initiated by the first arriving companies allowed the units to quickly extinguish the heavy fire conditions found on their arrival and limit fire extension from consuming the upper floors of the dwelling. The fire was placed under control approximately 60 minutes after the initial 911 call.

Luckily for this family an 18 year old male occupant of the home whom had been sleeping in the first floor room of origin was awakened by the fire and quickly ran upstairs to alert the remaining family members who then quickly removed themselves from the building.  The rapid thinking and actions of this individual in immediately alerting other family members of the fire was a significant factor in their survival and safe removal. In total the fire displaced 3 adults and 2 children.

Fire Departments assisting Brewster at the scene included: Harwich, Orleans, Dennis, Chatham, and Eastham. Yarmouth and a Dennis ambulance covered Brewster Fire headquarters. One Orleans firefighter suffered a minor laceration which did not require transport to the hospital.

The Brewster Building Official and electrical inspector responded to assist in assessing damage to the home and to support the fire investigation efforts. Due to severe fire damage to primary building components the building was posted as uninhabitable. The Red Cross responded to assist the family with temporary housing and to provide rehabilitation services to the firefighters operating at the incident.

After a thorough investigation including witness interviews and a systematic search of the point of origin the fire was determined to be accidental in nature due to an internal electrical failure of a wall outlet in the first floor bedroom.