Workers were busy rebuilding the back entrance to the Fisher & Young MetalWorks company on Saturday, October 3, following a fire that started in a pickup truck/camper parked behind the welding shop off Route 130.
Neighbors said they heard three loud booms on Thursday, October 2, just after 9 PM, and were told that a propane tank, or tanks, had exploded.
When the Sandwich Fire Department arrived on the scene minutes later—at 332 Route 130—fire had engulfed the pickup truck/camper and was already spreading to the welding shop, according to a statement released by Sandwich Fire Chief John J. Burke.
Joint Base Cape Cod firefighters joined the Sandwich crews and together brought the blaze under control in about 15 minutes, Chief Burke said. Firefighters remained at the scene for two hours wetting down hotspots and overhauling the scene.
Besides demolishing the camper, the fire also scorched two cars inside the shop’s garage, according to the press release.
No one was injured by the blaze, said Scott Fisher, owner of Fisher & Young MetalWorks, who was helping with repairs to the back door frame on Saturday.
“Nobody was here at the time,” Mr. Fisher said, adding that he did not learn of the fire until early Friday morning.
Mr. Fisher speculated that the blaze could have been caused by an electrical short. He seemed to take the incident in stride.
“It was accidental and the damage was pretty minimal,” he said. “We will have the building repaired in a couple of days.”
The state fire marshal’s office and the Sandwich Fire Department are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire, Chief Burke said.
Bourne, Mashpee and Barnstable fire departments provided coverage for the town while Sandwich firefighters responded to the blaze.