Firefighters rescue dog from Harwich house fire

Careless disposal of smoking materials likely cause
Flames engulf the rear of a home at 16 Standish Woods Circle in Harwich. (Harwich Fire Dept. photo)

Firefighters rescued a dog from a home at 16 Standish Woods Circle as flames engulfed the rear of the structure.

At 15:32 the Harwich Fire Department received a call for a fire at 16 Standish Woods Circle. The Deputy Fire Chief was the first to arrive and found a heavy fire condition in the rear of the single story house. A working fire assignment was requested.

Neighbors reported there might be occupants in the building and first arriving firefighters quickly made entry into the house to search for occupants. Due to a serious crash that had happened just prior to the fire, manpower on the initial response was limited. Based the conditions and the possibility of trapped occupants, a second alarm was requested bringing additional resources to the scene.

Captain Craig Thornton and Firefighter Jim Clarke found a dog in the living room and quickly removed it to the front yard where it was given oxygen. The remainder of the searches of the house revealed no occupants inside.

The heavy exterior fire was quickly knocked down, companies took another 30 minutes to completely extinguish the fire in the attic.

The fire caused extensive damage to the rear of the house, 1st floor and attic. No injuries were reported.The fire caused extensive damage to the rear of the house, 1st floor and attic. 

Investigation into cause of the fire was conducted by Harwich Fire and Harwich Police, and based on eye witness reports and interviews it appears the fire was started by careless disposal of smoking materials.
Mutual Aid companies responded from Brewster, Chatham and Dennis and assisted at the scene and by covering the Harwich Stations.

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