Stove fire smokes up Dennisport cottage, occupant suffers smoke inhalation
A coffee carafe (inset) caught fire on top of the stove being removed left and blackening the fridge at right.
DENNISPORT - Sometime around midnight Thursday, the plastic lid of a coffee carafe left on a hot stove burst into flames in a small cottage at 16 Ocean Park East in Dennisport. The sole occupant of the dwelling called 911 -- answered locally by the Dennis Police -- reporting a stove fire. The police dispatcher alerted the Dennis Fire Department at 12:01 a.m. Friday and an engine, ladder truck, and ambulance responded to the short, narrow, u-shaped road on the north side of Chase Avenue on Nantucket Sound.
Police were first on the scene and found a middle-aged man, face blackened with smoke, standing outside the cottage. He had luckily been able to put out the fire himself using a dry-chemical extinguisher and escape the smoke. Upon arrival, firefighters used a smoke ejector fan to clear smoke from the cottage as they removed the electric stove, a microwave oven, and a shelf from the kitchen. The side of a refrigerator was smoke-blackened and bore evidence of damage from the blazing lid. The kitchen walls were coated with soot but the cottage appeared to have no structural damage. After a hands-on inspection of the kitchen wall and a scan with a thermal imaging camera showed no hot spots, firefighters secured from the scene around 12:40 a.m. The victim was transported to Cape Cod Hospital suffering from what fortunately appeared to be minor respiratory injuries. Story and photos by Kevin Morley.
Disturbance at Barnstable High School
Students at BHS look on as police investigate a reported fight on campus.
HYANNIS - Shortly before 2 p.m. Barnstable Police and Hyannis rescue were called to Barnstable High School after a student was injured in a reported fight. The injured student was taken to CCH. Barnstable Police interviewed witnesses while a County Investigation Officer (CIO) responded to take photos of the scene. Further details were not immediately available. Only CWN cameras caught the student being loaded into the ambulance. Editors note: we have per CWN policy not shown the faces of any students to protect their identity as many are juveniles. Photos by Frank Paparo.