Three Harwich Police Officers Treated for Smoke Inhalation

UPDATED: Dog rescued from building, structure uninhabitable

Update at 10:55 p.m. - Official Statement from the Harwich Fire Department:

At approximately 5:30 tonight Harwich Fire received a call for a building fire at 25  Cedardale Rd in the Pleasant Lake Section of town.

Initial report was for fire showing from a window. 

Harwich Police arrived on scene just prior to the fire department and neighbors reported that they believed the occupants were still inside.  Officers made entry and attempted to search for the occupants.  A heavy smoke condition limited their ability inside the house. 

First arriving fire personnel reported smoke showing from a 2 story wood frame residence with the possibility of people trapped.  As companies arrived an 1 3/4” hoseline was stretched into the building while other firefighters searched for occupants. 

The fire was quickly knocked down and no occupants were found during the primary search.  While a secondary search was being conducted by a Dennis Engine company, the occupants returned home and it was determined no one was inside.  One dog was removed from the building by the Harwich Police.

The fire was contained to the room of origin and appears to be electrical in nature. 

Firefighters from Brewster, Dennis and Chatham assisted at the scene.  Yarmouth and Orleans provided station coverage. 

The fire caused about $20,000 in damage and the house was uninhabitable.  Three Police Officers were transported to CCH for evaluation.  No other injuries were reported.

Initial report:

Three Harwich Police officers were transported to Cape Cod Hospital after suffering apparent smoke inhalation at the scene of a house fire at 25 Cedardale Road in town Tuesday afternoon.

No one was in the home at the time of the fire, which officials believe was electrical in nature.

Further information was not available on the condition of the officers.

According to the Harwich Assessor's database, 25 Cedardale in Harwich is owned by Mary J. Nardini of Eastham and is valued at $387,100. 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