Firefighters from Bourne assisted their colleagues in Wareham at a three-alarm fire on Cranberry Highway. Bourne fire officials said the car repair shop where the fire broke out sustained significant damage.
Bourne Deputy Fire Chief Joseph J. Carrara said that flames broke out at the Master Muffler on Cranberry Highway just before 4 PM Thursday afternoon, January 9. Bourne fire responded at 3:56 PM, Deputy Chief Carrara when the second alarm was struck.
“The third alarm struck before we even got out the door,” he said.
A total of eight Bourne firefighters went to the scene, including Bourne Fire Chief Norman W. Sylvester and Deputy Chief Carrara, along with the ladder truck from the Sagamore Beach station and an engine from the Buzzards Bay station.
Deputy Chief Carrara said the fire started in one of the company’s work bays where a car was being repaired. He said there was extensive damage done to the entire building, and the car that caught fire was burned up. He declined to say that the cause of the fire was the car being worked on.
Bourne firefighters opened up holes in the metal roof of the building to see the extent and extension of fire into an attic space.
“We had to see if there was unchecked fire in there,” he said.
One area checked did show some scorching of insulation, he said. Wareham firefighters will have to open that area more than Bourne firefighters did to ensure no further extension of flames, he said.
Bourne fire was on the scene for about an hour and a quarter, until about 5:15 PM, Deputy Chief Carrara said. Wareham firefighters were still at the scene when they left. He said there was heat and smoke destruction throughout the building.
“That business suffered a lot of damage,” he said.