Is it MRSA or not? Fire levels building in Brewster; More suspicious fires in Provincetown; P'town, West Barnstable, Yarmouth crashes; stabbing suspect captured

Blaze levels building in Brewster
- A fast moving fire gutted a building at the Brewster Sand & Gravel property off Freeman's Way Wednesday night.

The building was fully involved when firefighters from Harwich and Brewster arrived around 9:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported. The state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire.

(Photo by Jake O'Callaghan)...
Occupant of this property was having dispute with owners
This property was in the news last week when reporter Jeff Blanchard wrote about the problem the current occupant of the property was having with his landlord. Read that interesting possible link to what happened last night in the item here.

Fire marshal's office investigating latest P'town blazes

Firefighters on the scene of another blaze in P'town.  At right a firefighter checks for fire extension.
- Fire damaged a historical home in Provincetown's east end Wednesday evening. Firefighters rushed to 473 Commercial Street known as the Admiral Macmillan house to find a room on the second floor on fire.

A quick aggressive attack saved the structure from ruin but there is significant damage.

The state fire marshal's office is investigating if the fire is related to the series of fires plaguing the town. (See related story below)

About 9:15 p.m. firefighters were on the move again to 10A Bradford Street where flames were lapping up the side of a cottage dangerously close to a larger house.

Another aggressive attack quickly doused the flames. (Story and photos by Tim Caldwell).

Editors note: As the situation in Provincetown appears, unfortunately, to be escalating I want to make one point clear. Cape Wide News is working very closely with local authorities to INFORM not alarm the public. An informed and vigilant public may be the town's best chance of catching this perpetrator before someone gets hurt or worse-TC.

Correction: Staph infection in Sandwich is not MRSA
- Cape Wide News has learned a male student at a Sandwich school has come down with a staph infection. However, Interim Principal Jeffrey Dees at the Oak Ridge School here on Quaker Meetinghouse Road told WQRC News it was not the MRSA "superbug" that has been making national news lately. A reverse 911 was done to get information out to parents. (Photo from school website). See today's Editorial about MRSA here...
Local daily newspaper has it differently

The Cape Cod Times is now reporting;  ...The confusion came in when Oak Ridge interim principal Jeffrey Dees sent a separate broadcast message to parents of students at his school. “I sent out a message that there isn’t MRSA throughout the building and that got misconstrued and that was my fault.”

A local radio station aired Dees’ message, but never called him for clarification, he said today. “I was not as clear as I should have been.”  The student contracted the illness at home from a family member, Dees said.. The area of the body where he had the infection, his knee, was never exposed to other students."

Another suspicious fire reported in Provincetown

   Another apparently suspicious fire broke out at the Murchison Estate in Provincetown.
- Officials have labeled a fire early Wednesday afternoon suspicious. Around 1:30 p.m. a fire was spotted at the sprawling Murchison Estate in the extreme West End. The fire appeared to be on the outside of a door of the small building below the historic mansion.

Provincetown Police Chief Warren Tobias has asked Cape Wide News to broadcast the following description of a person of interest seen in the area just before the fire started.

He is described as a white male, 5-foot-10-inches tall with gray hair covered by a white baseball cap. He has a medium build and was last seen wearing a white short sleeve t-shirt, a light blue fleece vest and jeans as he headed on foot east on Commercial Street. Anyone with information or observing suspicious activity is urged to contact Provincetown Police at (508) 487-1212 or in an emergency, 911. The estate seen in photo at right (click to enlarge) was owned by the late Powell Murchison and had recently been sold. The property had come under scrunity recently when some vegetation was allegedly illegally cleared from a protective barrier. (Story and photos by Tim Caldwell). More coverage from our partners at the Provincetown Banner here.

One injured in Yarmouth crash

A car and pickup collided injuring one person in Yarmouth
- Shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, a Cadillac coupe and a Toyota pickup collided at the intersection of West Yarmouth Road and Buck Island Road.

The male occupant of the pickup truck was transported to CCH with injuries that were not life threatening.

The intersection does have working traffic lights. The crash is under investigation by Yarmouth Police.

(Story and photos by R. Copley). 

Another crash on Route 132 by the Burger King

Two cars collided by the BK entrance on Rt. 132. In foreground an EMT checks one of the drivers.
WEST BARNSTABLE -  Barnstable Police are investigating a two car crash at the notorious spot at Route 132 and the Route 6 westbound off ramp by the Burger King entrance. A silver Volkswagen sustained heavy front-end damage in a collision with a yellow Mazda sedan which received passenger-side damage. The woman from the silver car was taken to CCH by Centerville ambulance which responded mutual aid rescue because West Barnstable's ambulance was assisting Barnstable Fire at another crash. The woman in the yellow car declined to go to the hospital. The scene was tied up for one hour. This area has been the scene of many crashes , minor and serious, and even the manager of the BK and regular patrons agreed today that something has to by done here before some fatal occurs. (Story and photos by Frank Paparo).

Provincetown crash sends one to CCH

  Two vehicles collided at the Route 6/Conwell Street interchange sending one person to CCH.
- One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after a two vehicle crash in Provincetown. Shortly after noon a Ford Ranger pickup and a Toyota Corolla collided. The pickup truck, with AMTEC on the door,  is reportedly a contractor working for Comcast.

Provincetown Police are investigating eyewitness reports that one vehicle ran a red light leading to the crash. The car driver was taken to CCH with injuries that were not life threatening. (Story and photos by Tim Caldwell).

Also on CWN: Yarmouth stabbing suspect captured (click).

Truro Police honor one of their own

(Left-right) Sgt. David Costa, Ofc. Danziger; Sgt. David Perry, Sgt. David Silvia, Sgt. Kyle Takakjian.
TRURO - Truro Police gathered to honor one of their own Wednesday. Officer Craig Danziger, an 11-year veteran of the department, was cited for sustained superior performance of duty. Ofc. Danziger has volunteered countless hours to further narcotic investigations and traffic enforcement programs. The department noted Ofc. Danziger's professionalism, unselfish dedication and commitment which allows him to serve as a role model earning the respect of officers both senior and junior in rank. At right Ofc. Danziger with his wife Colleen. (Story and photos by Tim Caldwell). welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on