On Thursday July 28 at 4:25 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to the Town of Eastham on a second alarm structure fire request with Engine 239 under the direction of Captain Anthony Dalmau, Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley), Car 231 (Chief Moran), and Brush Unit 240. Due to the lack of operating hydrants in the area of the fire at 30 Governor Brewster Road Engine 239 was assigned as the drafting pumper at Great Pond and was used to fill several tankers that shuttled water to supply an additional drafting operation at the scene. Car 232 was assigned to supervise this operation as the water supply officer. Brush Unit 240 was utilized to extinguish several small brush fires caused by embers from the original fire.
The fire originated in a first floor bedroom of a two-story wood frame private dwelling located several hundred feet from a main road. Due to several challenging factors present on arrival of the fire department including limited apparatus access, a lack of operating fire hydrants in the area, and a delayed notification to dispatch the home was totally gutted by the fire. Fortunately, two occupants living in the residence were awakened by the fire and were able to escape prior to the arrival of the fire department. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 9:15 a.m.