Storm coverage; Fire forces cinema evacuation at Mall; SUV vs Mercedes at Patriot Square

CWN storm team coverage
Electrical problem sparks blaze at Cape Cod Ice in Sandwich
- A long duration storm that started by dumping a couple of inches of snow overnight continued to pound the region with high winds and heavy rain into Wednesday evening.
7:30  p.m. update: There were reports of scattered power outages across the Cape. The Sandwich area appeared to be hardest hit with an extensive outage reported after a tree fell on wires on Pimlico Pond Road. Sandwich is also where firefighters responded  to the Cape Cod Ice plant on Jan Sebastian Drive just before 6 p.m. after smoke was seen coming from the building from a reported explosion caused by an electrical malfunction. The fire damaged the second floor and attic doing about $100,000 damage. Crews had to wait for NStar to cut the power before the fire could be completely extinguished. No injuries were reported.

Large puddles were reported on many roads and several fender benders occurred. CWN's  Kevin Morley reports on one such instance in Dennis: "It was almost five o'clock when two vehicles on Route 134 fell victim to a large puddle near the intersection of Old Chatham Road. With visibility reduced by wind-whipped rain, a female driver in a Ford Escort apparently slowed down to negotiate the substantial water hazard marked by construction barrels. A Chrysler PT Cruiser following close behind struck the Escort. The force of the collision caused only minor damage to the vehicles. The driver of the Escort, though, was transported via Dennis ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital with minor injuries" (Photos by Kevin Morley).

We've also heard several burglar alarm calls that were determined to be caused by rain water leaking into buildings. Hyannis firefighters were called out to East Main Street for a stubborn chimney fire around 5 p.m. 

Two charged in business break-in
- Two men were arrested after allegedly being caught breaking into a Buzzards Bay Restaurant. The owner of East Wind Lobster discovered the pair around 5:15 p.m. while checking his business. 37-year-old Brian Morrison and 39-year-old Michael Andrews, both of Wareham, attempted to flee in a vehicle but got stuck trying to drive over a fence. Bourne Police arrested the two, charging them with breaking and entering in the night time to commit a felony, possession of burglarious tools and malicious destruction of property. Police are investigating if items found in the car may have been from other break-ins.

Fire forces movie patrons at Mall out into the rain

  Hyannis firefighters were called to the Cape Cod Mall after smoke was detected in one of the Hoyt's Cinemas.
- A rainy day is usually a good day to take in a matinée, except when a fire breaks out in the theater. Hyannis firefighters rushed to the Hoyt's Cinemas at the Cape Cod Mall about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after a fire was reported in the projection area. Crews evacuated moviegoers and reportedly discovered a faulty light ballast that caused a hazy smoke to develop in one of the cinemas. The unit was shutdown, and the smoke cleared out. Patrons were able to return a short time later. No injuries were reported. Photos by Frank Paparo.

SUV vs Mercedes at Patriot Square in South Dennis
dennis021308b_250SOUTH DENNIS – Around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, the driver of a northbound Ford Expedition SUV reportedly ran a red light on Route 134 at the Patriot Square Plaza intersection and slammed into a Mercedes S500 crossing 134 eastbound from the Harney’s Plaza roadway.

The force of the collision spun the Mercedes onto a traffic island, knocking a traffic-signal assembly to the ground and scattering gravel across the roadway.

The female driver of the Mercedes was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles at the time of the crash.
Story and photos by Kevin Morley.

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