At 4:59 p.m. on Saturday September 26, the Brewster Fire Department responded on a line box assignment with Ladder 237 under the direction of Captain Kevin Varley to the Town of Harwich for a reported structure fire at 212 Lathrop Avenue. Upon arrival of first due Harwich unit heavy smoke was found emanating from the second floor and roof of the 2 ½ story wood frame private dwelling. The Incident Commander Harwich Fire Chief Norman Clarke immediately called for a working fire assignment bringing additional units from Brewster and Dennis Fire Departments to the scene. A quick size-up of the structure by Harwich Car 71 (Deputy Chief Kent Farrenkopf) found a second floor bedroom fully involved in fire. An aggressive interior attack by firefighters using an 1 ¾ attack line coupled with coordinated ventilation from the exterior of the structure allowed firefighters to rapidly knock down the heavy fire in the bedroom. On arrival the Brewster Ladder was assigned as the rapid intervention crew (RIC) and also assisted with ventilation of the structure using positive pressure fans.
Fortunately for the owners the quick and aggressive work of the Harwich Fire Department prevented the fire from extending into the attic and limited fire damage to the room of origin.
There were no reported injuries. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by Harwich Police and Harwich Fire Department. All Brewster apparatus were placed back in service at 6:36 p.m.