On Tuesday September 5, 2012 at 4:08 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a residence at 141 Timberlane Drive. On arrival Brewster personnel discovered a working fire in the basement of the dwelling extending into the first floor. Automatic aid was supplied to the scene by the Orleans Fire Department (ladder truck) and the Harwich Fire Department (engine). Firefighters rapidly deployed two pre-connected attack lines into the structure to extinguish and stop the spread of the fire while other personnel searched the residence for victims and ventilated the interior. A second alarm was requested by the Incident Commander for coverage and additional resources to the scene. Chatham Fire Department (engine) and theEastham Fire Department (ambulance) responded to the scene and the Dennis Fire Department covered the Town of Brewster with an engine company on this assignment. The fire was placed under control at approximately MMMMM. Extensive damage to the basement and first floor living area along with severe smoke damage throughout the building occurred as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire was due to a lightning strike which took place during a severe storm that moved through the area just prior to the 911 emergency call.
Photos courtesy of Jake O’Callaghan.