On Saturday January 12 at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire located at 10 Finn Road in the Town of Wellfleet. Engine 234 under the direction of Captain Dan Kimball, and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to the scene on the initial working fire assignment.
Upon the arrival of Wellfleet firefighters the 2 ½ story wood frame private dwelling home was found to be well involved in fire. A large area of brush behind the structure was also ignited and burning. Firefighters stretched several 1 ¾ and 2 ½ inch attack lines to begin an interior attack on the fire which was quickly extending throughout the dwelling and compromising the structural integrity of the interior floor and stairs. Due to the rapid movement of the fire throughout the home firefighters were forced to abandon the interior attack and begin exterior extinguishment operations. While at the scene Brewster firefighters assisted with water supply operations, interior fire attack, and overhaul once the main body of fire was extinguished. The fire was placed under control approximately 45 minutes after arrival. Wellfleet firefighters remained on the scene for several hours on fire watch to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.
Three tenants in the building at the time of the fire were alerted to the fire by smoke detectors within the home and were able to safely escape with three pet dogs. One firefighter was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with minor injuries. The home sustained major fire and water damage and was deemed uninhabitable by Wellfleet officials. During the incident Brewster Engine 239 provided fire protection coverage in the Town of Orleans. All Brewster units were placed back in service at approximately 1:30 p.m.