High winds and dry conditions kept the Falmouth Fire Department—and other Upper Cape mutual-aid fire departments—busy battling brush and structure fires Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24.
On Friday afternoon, just before 3 PM, firefighters from Falmouth and Joint Base Cape Cod responded to a two-story structure fire at 20 Crosby Lane in Waquoit.
When the firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw flames shooting out of the second floor of the home and quickly ascertained that all four family members, as well as their dog, were safe, Falmouth Deputy Fire Chief Scott Thrasher said.
Firefighters found that the fire, driven by strong winds, had spread to the roof and caused a partial collapse, Deputy Chief Thrasher said. Crews battled the flames from outside the building until they could determine the structure’s stability.
A second alarm was issued and engines from Cotuit and Bourne fire departments responded. Together the departments brought the fire under control at about 5:30 PM.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Falmouth fire and police departments as well as Massachusetts State Police investigators assigned to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services—Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit.
None of the family members was seriously injured, but one member was transported to Falmouth Hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening condition, Deputy Chief Thrasher said.
The Falmouth Fire Department also helped out on Friday and Saturday with brush fires in Mashpee and Sandwich.
Centerville, Osterville, Marstons Mills, Onset and West Barnstable fire departments helped with coverage as the fires blazed, Deputy Chief Thrasher said.
“We had very good coverage and extensive mutual aid,” Deputy Chief Thrasher said on Saturday. “It’s a good system, and we support each other well.”