On Saturday November 24 at approximately 7:00 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to Cape Sand and Recycling on Freemans Way to assist with extinguishing a fire in a large mulch pile. Employees called dispatch after finding the water supply lines used to extinguish spot fires at the facility frozen from several days of below freezing temperatures.
On arrival Acting Captain Chad Foakes reported a large mulch pile on fire and requested the response of a second engine to the scene. Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley) arrived on scene and established command. Engine 234 was assigned as the fire attack engine for the incident and Engine 239 was used to shuttle water from a nearby fire hydrant. Firefighters using hose lines wet down the burning mulch as Cape Sand employees used large excavators to overturn the pile for final extinguishment. As a result of the smoke condition from the incident the Orleans Fire Department was dispatched to several runs involving outside odors of smoke in their community. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 9:00 a.m.