Chatham house fire; Sandwich crash; Car vs building in Yarmouth

Top story: Blaze extensively damages Chatham house

Owner Christopher Wise (center) watches as firefighters battle a blaze at his new home.
CHATHAM - Fire caused extensive damage to a house in Chatham late Tuesday night.

A neighbor spotted the flames at 43 Chatham Heights Road about 11:15 p.m. and called in the alarm.

Arriving firefighters had to assist the occupants out of the building.

Fortunately no one was injured.

Harwich firefighters including a ladder truck helped out at the large two story home which owner Christopher Wise had constructed and just moved into.

The fire apparently started in the chimney and spread into the walls, and then vented out the roof.

It was a stubborn blaze requiring much work from crews to open up the walls and pull down a ceiling to reach it. 

At right Harwich firefighter Matthew Eldredge was able to save some precious family photos and other items.


Photos by Jake O'Callaghan.

New overnight: Driver extricated after Sandwich crash
- Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to free a driver after their vehicle struck a tree in East Sandwich early Wednesday morning. The crash happened about 4:45 a.m. at the intersection of Carlton Drive West and Weathervane Lane. The victim was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. Sandwich Police are investigating the crash.


Car vs building in Yarmouth
YARMOUTH -At about noon on Tuesday the Yarmouth Fire Department received a call that a car had driven into a building. The Citizens Bank in front of Shaws on Route 28 in South Yarmouth was struck by 85-year old Barbara Backsmith of Dennisport. The vehicle jumped the curb in front of the building and knocked down a support column. The building department closed the building for the afternoon until repairs could be made. Neither Backsmith nor anyone in the bank was injured. Backsmith reportedly told police another vehicle cut her off. Photo courtesy of YFD.

Falmouth highway closed after gas  main break
- A section of West Falmouth Highway (Route 28) was closed for about an hour Tuesday afternoon after a construction crew struck a gas main. Keyspan was called to cap the leak about 3 p.m. No one was injured. 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