On Sunday December 27, 2015 at 9:02 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched on a line box assignment for a structure fire located at 79 West Tupelo Drive in Harwich. Ladder 237 under the command of Captain Jeff Sturtevant and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded on the request.
On arrival Harwich units reported a one story wood frame private residential dwelling with heavy smoke showing from the rear “C” side of the structure. A further size-up by the Captain of the first due engine found an exterior fire that had extended vertically up the wood shingle siding into the eaves and attic of the home. Harwich units quickly stretched two attack lines into the home to suppress the fire while other personnel searched the attic for fire extension. The Brewster ladder arrived on scene and was assigned as the dedicated rapid intervention crew (RIC). The fire was quickly knocked down and a check of the attic space indicated a moderate heat and heavy smoke condition with no visible fire extension. Command (Chief Clarke) then placed the fire under control. Utilities to the structure were secured, and the residence ventilated.
An investigation revealed the fire to be accidental in nature caused by a past mattress fire that was thought to be fully extinguished and left on the exterior after being removed from the home. All Brewster units returned to service at 9:56 a.m.