Two men were taken to a hospital early Monday morning, February 10,following a house fire in Bourne. Bourne fire officials said the home was not outfitted with working smoke detectors.
Bourne Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph J. Carrara Jr. said that firefighters responded to a call just before 2 AM at 56B Cotuit Road. When firefighters arrived, Dep. Chief Carrara said, they found heavy smoke and fire emanating from the home and called for additional fire trucks and an ambulance.
The two injured men were taken to Tobey Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. One of them was also burned, Dep. Chief Carrara said.
The flames spread from a wood stove located on the first floor of the two-story house. The house is now uninhabitable, said Dep. Chief Carrara. He said it was the second fire in 11 days in which the homes involved did not have working smoke detectors.
The other fire occurred on January 31 at 10 Maple Street. Similar to this week’s fire, Dep. Chief Carrara said, two people were transported to an area hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and burns.
“We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of having smoke detectors in a home that are working,” he said.
The deputy chief added that smoke detectors should also be replaced every 10 years, regardless of what the manufacturer’s warranty recommends.
The damage to the home is estimated at $100,000. The investigation into the precise cause of the fire is ongoing, Dep. Chief Carrara said.