On Saturday January 23, 2016 at 11:34 p.m. Engine 239, Heavy Rescue 241, and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to 4 Uncle Israel’s Road in Orleans on a second alarm structure fire assignment. Upon arrival at the scene Orleans Deputy Chief Geoff Deering (Incident Commander) reported heavy fire and smoke showing from the first and second floors of a 2 ½ story wood frame private dwelling. He immediately ordered a second alarm due to the heavy volume of fire and the presence of over 12” of snow on the ground from a storm earlier that day. Orleans units immediately stretched several 2 ½ and 1 ¾ hand lines and initiated an exterior attack on the fire to prevent extension to surrounding exposures and extinguish the heavy volume of fire. As additional second alarm companies arrived they were immediately deployed to assist in extinguishing, ventilating, and overhauling the fire. Apparatus and ambulances at the scene included units from the Harwich, Chatham, Eastham, and Dennis fire departments. Other Barnstable County Fire Departments were moved to cover these communities during the incident.
The fire was placed under control in approximately 45 minutes. Final extinguishment and overhaul took several hours longer. All Brewster apparatus returned to Town and were placed in service at 2:50 a.m.
The home suffered severe fire damage throughout all floors. The occupants were found to be out of state at the time of the fire. The cause was traced to an electrical failure in the main panel located in the basement of the home.