On Wednesday December 2, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 51 Fiddlers Lane. The original call came from a passerby who stated smoke was coming from the structure and a car was in the driveway. Car 230, Engine 239, and Car 231 responded immediately. On arrival Car 230 (Captain Varley) reported smoke coming from the roof and rear side of a one-story wood frame private dwelling.
Engine 239 arrived on scene and immediately began a primary search for potential victims and also stretched an attack line to the front door for fire suppression operations. Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command of the fire.
Brewster Ladder 237 and Engine 234 arrived on scene and was assigned to assist in the primary search and ventilation of the building. Due to a heavy smoke condition in the building the interior crews had difficulty locating the source of the fire which was eventually found in a crawl space beneath the first floor furnace room. Interior crews used power saws to open up the first floor and expose the hidden fire for final extinguishment. The primary search for victims proved negative and through further investigation by the Brewster Police Department the occupant was located visiting relatives in NJ.
The structure suffered moderate damage to the first floor in the fire area and heavy smoke damage throughout. Harwich Engine 64 and Dennis Engine 115 assisted at the scene as did Chief Officers from Dennis, Orleans, and Harwich. An Eastham Engine and Orleans ambulance provided coverage at Brewster Headquarters during the fire and Brewster Ambulance 244 provided EMS services at the scene. The Building was posted as uninhabitable by the Brewster Building Official. All Brewster units were returned to service at approximately 7:20 p.m.