A Falmouth man and two children were able to escape their home when it caught fire Sunday morning, May 16.
The fire department was called to the blaze at 26 Albatross Street at 5:40 AM. When they arrived, flames were visible on three sides of the second floor of the house.
All three people in the home, an adult man and two minor children, had been alerted to the fire when their smoke detector went off and were able to get out of the home before firefighters arrived.
Captain Bruce Girouard said that the homeowner had attempted to put the fire out from outside of the home using a garden house and suffered from some smoke inhalation. He was evaluated and treated at the scene and did not need to be hospitalized.
The department's response included four engines, a ladder truck, an ambulance, and three cars.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze by 6:30 AM and clean-up was completed by 8 AM.
Captain Girouard said that the family has been displaced as a result of the fire and the home has been deemed uninhabitable.
During the fire, the Joint Base Cape Cod and Mashpee fire departments provided mutual aid.
The fire is being investigated by the Fire Prevention Division and the cause has not yet been determined.