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Thursday, Feb. 25
- Rights of Public Access Committee, 12 noon
- Local Housing Partnership, 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26
- Bike and Walkways Committee, 9 a.m.
Monday, March 1
- Dredging Task Force, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 3
- Conservation Commission, 5 p.m.
Garage Fire on Chequessett Neck Road
In the wee hours of Monday morning, the Wellfleet Fire Dept. responded to a garage fire at 300 Chequessett Neck Road. Six fire departments, including Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, and Chatham took part in the effort and by 4:24 a.m., within a half hour of the report, the fire was extinguished. A residential garage, used for storage, was destroyed. No one was injured.
The Wellfleet firefighters on duty were on Route 6, on their way back from the hospital when the call came in, Fire Chief Richard Pauley told the Independent. Wellfleet and Eastham firefighters were on the scene by 4:13 a.m., and firefighters from the other towns arrived soon after. Assistance from adjacent towns, or automatic mutual aid, is a standard practice on Cape Cod. With the freezing temperatures causing potential hazards and the property located outside the fire hydrant district, making more on-truck water necessary, the support from additional towns was welcome, Pauley said.
The owner of the property, Marion Bowers, 80, was at her home in Freedom, Maine at the time of the fire. Her daughter, Jennifer Carriere, told the Independent, “We’re just so thankful that nobody got hurt.”
The home, where Carriere said she spent her childhood summers, is “a beloved place.” The current tenant has lived there “for quite some time,” said Carriere, “and many of her belongings were lost in the fire.” Neither Bowers nor Carriere would disclose the name of the tenant.
Carriere said the detached garage was uninsured at the time of the fire. There is also a small cottage on the property, and Bowers had unintentionally removed both the cottage and the garage from the insurance policy, leaving only the home insured, Carriere said.
“The garage and its contents were destroyed in the fire,” the fire dept. reported. “Damage is estimated at $40,000.”
The resident awoke to the sound of loud bangs — the sound of aerosol cans (“or anything under pressure”) bursting is “typical in a garage used for storage,” explained Pauley. The cause of the fire was, as of Tuesday, still under investigation by the state fire marshal, said Pauley. But, he said, “we believe it to be accidental.”