Blaze destroys Mashpee house; West Barnstable crash; Gas grill explodes in Falmouth; Wind-fanned blaze in Pocasset

New overnight: Blaze destroys Mashpee house
- Fire totally consumed a Mashpee home early Monday morning. The house off Hollow Road on the Cotuit line was spotted ablaze by a neighbor looking across the cranberry bog about 2 a.m. The house was apparently vacant at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Firefighters from Mashpee were joined by Cotuit and Sandwich taking turns ferrying water into the remote narrow road leading to the property. The fire was brought under control in about an hour. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Jeep vs tree in West Barnstable
- Barnstable Police are investigating a crash Sunday afternoon. About 4:15 p.m. a Jeep Grand Cherokee struck a tree on Route 149 near Popple Bottom Road. The Jeep suffered extensive front end damage and the bumper was torn off. The driver was taken to CCH with injuries that were not life-threatening. Traffic was slowed for about an hour until the wreckage was cleared. Story by Frank Paparo.

Grill explosion reported in Falmouth
- Tense moments in East Falmouth Sunday afternoon. Reports say a gas grill exploded at a house at 8 Canapitsit Drive just before 5:30 p.m. The fire had been extinguished when firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation. Further details were not immediately available.

Wind-fanned blaze guts Pocasset home

A wind-fanned blaze destroyed a home in Pocasset Sunday morning.
- On Sunday morning at about 6:30 a.m. Bourne Firefighters responded to a reported house fire at 14 Spruce Drive in the Pocasset section of town. Firefighters found smoke showing upon arrival and requested additional assistance to the fire. As first in, Bourne firefighters fought the fire, additional equipment and personnel from their department and mutual aid from the Massachusetts Military Reservation's Otis Fire Department responded with two trucks and personnel. Bitter winds with strong gusts worked against firefighters' efforts. The occupants of the house were not injured and are being assisted with temporary shelter by the Red Cross.

Bourne police were required to close Shore Road as a dressed hydrant had a hose cross the road to supply water to the fire attack engine. Barnstable County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigation Officer Neil McGonagle also responded. Bourne Fire Command also requested NStar to the scene. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the house appears to be a total loss. Bourne Fire Command declared the fire out with extensive overhauling to do done at 7:50 a.m. Story submitted by AAP; Photos by Richard Copley.

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