Suspicious Hyannis fire; Osterville hoarding incident; Falmouth crash; Cape man arrested after Wareham chase

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Family lucky to escape suspicious blaze

Molotov cocktail may have been thrown at house where kids slept

Firefighters survey a burned out duplex. A molotov cocktail may been thrown into the house.
- At about 2:45 a.m. Thursday morning Barnstable Police along with Hyannis Fire, with mutual aid from Centerville Fire, responded to a fire that engulfed one side of a duplex at 50 Hiramar Road.

The destroyed part of the duplex had 7 residents including 3 children who luckily all escaped. Sources at the scene believe that at least one molotov cocktail was thrown through the side window of the destroyed duplex.

The State Fire Marshall was called in to investigate the fire in a neighborhood that has seen far too much over the years including a number of shooting incidents. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the toll free, confidential Mass State Arson Hotline at 1 (800) 682-9229.

Above, a couple of displaced residents look on as firefighters overhaul the scene. The Red Cross is providing temporary shelter for the victims as well as a couple from the other side of the duplex. Right, debris removed from the house burns on the lawn. Late in the day police arrested 5 people. See report here. Story and photos by Frank Paparo.

Officials investigate hoarding incident

Barnstable officials caucus outside an Osterville apartment, the apparent scene of a hoarding incident.
-  At about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday Barnstable officials responded to 3040 Route 28, the Osterville Pines Apartments. Police and firefighters discovered an apparent case of hoarding. Town officials including the board of health, discovered that the bottom left apartment was loaded with garbage to the ceiling, so much so that the doors could not be opened up all the way. Some at the scene described it as what has c0me to be known as hoarding. An eyewitness said the owner's car had been seen at the location also in the same condition. Crews were on scene for about an hour and a half. They also looked for the owner in another Hyannis apartment location. A case of hoarding also occurred in a private home on Patriot's Way in Centerville several years ago (where tragically the female owner was found dead in the garbage-filled home) and another incident more recently in West Yarmouth where a single family home was so filled with years of garbage that when the woman became ill she had to be extricated through a window. Story and photos by Frank Paparo.

Teen rolls SUV coming from RMV

    A teen who had just gotten his license luckily escaped injury after rolling his Range Rover.
- A young male driver and his passenger escaped serious injury in a roll-over crash that was more dramatic than harmful. Tuesday evening just after 5 p.m., the male operator, who only had his driver's license for a few minutes, in fact reportedly "just came from the registry", rounded the curve on Menauhant Road at Ocean Avenue at an apparently high  rate of speed, struck the curb, over-corrected and rolled his Range Rover SUV over multiple times.  Due to the sturdy construction of the SUV, both occupants of the vehicle luckily received only minor cuts and scrapes. The crash will be investigated to determine if the operator will be charged with violations.  Certainly not a good way to begin his driving experience. Story and photo by Eric Tinglof.

Cape man arrested after Wareham chase
- A Sandwich man was arrested on a slew of motor vehicle charges following a chase. State Police spotted 28-year old Troy Jones allegedly speeding on Route 25. When the trooper tried to stop him Jones reportedly took off. The trooper called off the chase when it entered heavy traffic areas in Wareham. Wareham Police located Jones a short time later. He was charged with operating with a suspended license, operating recklessly to endanger, marked lanes violation, speeding and failing to stop for police.


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