Incident: Structure Fire
Location: 747 Queen Anne Rd, East Harwich
Date: 04/14/2017 Time: am
The Harwich Fire Department responded to 747 Queen Anne Rd for a reported structure fire. The house was unoccupied, and the fire was reported by a neighbor. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Harwich Fire and Police Departments, but does not appear to be suspicious. The fire caused extensive damage to the rear of the house and attic. No injuries were reported. Harwich Police and Mutual Aid companies assisted at the scene.
Keywords: Structure Fire; No injuries; significant damage; shower mirrors
At 17:46 the Harwich Fire Department received a call for a fire at 74 Queen Anne Rd. An off duty firefighter was the first to arrive and reported heavy fire in the rear of the building with heavy smoke from the attic. A working fire assignment was requested.
The fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes, searches of the building verified that no one was home. The home sustained significant damage to the exterior and attic space. Plus water damage from fire department extinguishment efforts. The fire appears to have started in the area of the outside shower.
While still undetermined at this time, fire like these are often caused by a mirror located in the outside shower. The lower angle of the sun, combined with the warm dry weather creates the perfect conditions for a fire to start. The investigation will continue to determine an exact cause, but homeowners with mirrors in their showers are advised to make sure they are not in a position to reflect onto any wooden surfaces.
Mutual Aid companies responded from Brewster, Chatham and Dennis and assisted at the scene and by covering the Harwich Stations.
Dave LeBlanc, Deputy Chief – firstname.lastname@example.org 508-364-4432