BREWSTER -At approximately 2:15 a.m., Brewster Fire-Rescue and Police were dispatched to 296 Thousand Oaks Drive for a reported structure fire. First arriving Police units reported a 1.5 story residential structure with heavy fire showing and flames through the roof. All occupants were reported out of the house except for a cat. The initial phone report brought a full department response from Brewster Fire as well as a line response Engine from Harwich and Tower Ladder from Orleans.
Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran established Incident Command upon arrival and requested a full Working Fire assignment, bringing additional units to the scene from Chatham and Eastham Fire Departments as well as station cover from other mutual aid departments. Due to the heavy volume of fire, large size hose lines were used in an initial exterior attack to knock down the bulk of the heavy fire.
Approximately 45 minutes into the incident, the missing cat was located by Brewster firefighters and while frightened and wet, it appeared that it still had the majority of it’s nine lives left and was it was emotionally reunited with it’s owners.
The fire was placed under control in a little over an hour, and extensive overhaul was expected to take a number of hours. Thousand Oaks Drive was shut down at both ends for the duration of the incident. One of the occupants was treated for minor burns to their hands. No firefighters were injured. It appeared that the extensive damage to the house would render it uninhabitable at this time. The cause and origin is under investigation by Brewster Fire-Rescue.
Reporting, photos and video by CWN associate Craig Chadwick