Yarmouth Fire Department knocks down fire started by lightning strike

Yarmouth Fire Department knocks down fire started by lightning strike

WEST YARMOUTH - At 5:50 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2009, the Yarmouth Fire Department responded to a 911 call of a structure fire at 59 Clover Road in West Yarmouth.

Firefighters in Engine 45 arrived on scene at 5:56 p.m. and confirmed smoke coming from the building.  Firefighters  entered the front door and proceeded to the garage where the fire was discovered.

As firefighters made entry, flames were visible from the garage area and heavy smoke was escaping the roof vents. The fire was knocked down and brought under control quickly. Engines 42, 43, Tower 41, and ambulance 56 assisted with ventilation, and overhaul. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

It appears that lightning struck a tall pine tree and traveled underground to the garage area of the home starting the fire.

The first arriving Engine (45) responded from the recently re-opened station three.  Engine 45 signed on responding at 5:52 p.m. and was on location 4 minutes later.

Between 5:29 p.m. and 6:50 p.m., the Yarmouth Fire Department responded to 6 calls:

  • 5:29 p.m. – Mutual Aid to Dennis for structure fire (cancelled before arriving)
  • 5:46 p.m. – Investigation call/Good Intent
  • 5:50 p.m. – Structure Fire 59 Clover Rd, West Yarmouth
  • 6:04 p.m. – Automatic Fire Alarm at the Red Jacket Motel
  • 6:06 p.m. – Automatic Fire Alarm at McDonalds Restaurant
  • 6:51 p.m. – Medical call for a stabbing (no further details available at this time)

Release and photos courtesy of the Yarmouth Fire Department.

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