On Sunday October 30 at 5:21 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to the Town of Eastham to assist at the scene of a second alarm structure fire located at 45 Oak Ridge Road. Upon arrival Engine 239 under the direction of Captain Jeff Sturtevant was assigned to hook up to the hydrant to supplement the water supply being utilized at the scene of the well involved structure fire. (This was the first fire during which the recently installed water mains and fire hydrants in the Town of Eastham were utilized). The engine crew also stretched an additional attack line to assist with the fire suppression operation. Car 231 (Chief Moran) was assigned as the Sector Commander at the front of the structure and assisted in directing the multiple companies that were operating at the scene. Due to the home being well involved in fire on arrival with a collapse of the interior first and second floors an exterior fire attack was conducted throughout the incident. Mutual aid units from Orleans, Wellfleet, Brewster and Dennis responded to the scene while the Chatham and Yarmouth Fire Departments provided coverage at Eastham Fire Headquarters. The Red Cross also responded to the scene to assist with firefighter rehabilitation services.
Two people were injured during the incident. One firefighter suffered minor injuries after slipping and falling and shortly after 11:30 a.m. as an excavator was demolishing the house an employee from Eversource Power Company fell approximately 10’ into a hole in the floor of an adjacent shed while attempting to secure power to the area. The worker was conscious and not seriously injured.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. All Brewster apparatus were released and returned to service at approximately 8:30 a.m.