Fire Guts 118-Year-Old North Falmouth Home
By: Michael C. Bailey
A North Falmouth home was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. Falmouth Fire Rescue Department was dispatched to the Pine Bank Road home at 10:50 AM Saturday after receiving a call from a passer-by who saw the fire. Acting Deputy Chief Timothy R. Smith said firefighters arrived to find the structure “well-involved” in fire.
“A second alarm was called due to fire volume and need for extra personnel,” Deputy Chief Smith said, and the Bourne Fire Department assisted with firefighting operations. The Cotuit and Massachusetts Military Reservation fire departments provided station coverage.
“It took about an hour to knock down the bulk of the fire, and units stayed on scene for several hours to overhaul remaining fire and assist with the investigation,” Deputy Chief Smith said, and he described the home as “a total loss.”
Robert C. Taft, who lives nearby on Pequossett Avenue, said he was “out on our lawn with our neighbors and saw the black smoke” coming from the Pine Bank Road home.
“We rushed down to the beach and I started taking pictures of the fire,” which Mr. Taft said appeared to have started on the southwest side of the house and then quickly moved with the wind to the east side, where the flames exploded. “You could hear the windows popping, the roar of the fire, and feel the intense heat.
“The experience was unforgettable and made you sad,” he said, noting that the home “was filled with irreplaceable family treasures, like most Megansett cottages that are often owned by the same family for generations.”
The seasonal home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no one was injured. The home’s owner is listed in town records as Ira Kashgagian of Brockton. The structure was a one-family, four-bedroom home built in 1895.
“The old balloon-frame houses go up so quickly,” Mr. Taft said, “and the yellow pine floors and bead board are consumed quickly by the flames.”
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