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Hyannis Fire District
Posted March 7, 2010 -- Updated March 28, 2012
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DEPARTMENT HISTORY
 

     The village of Hyannis is one of the 7 villages within the Town of Barnstable. Hyannis became one of the larger commercial centers on the Cape, with a busy harbor, Main Street, and railroad terminal. 

     On January 24 1896, a newly opened "Normal School", on the site of the current town hall, caught fire and was destroyed. At the time there was no official fire protection in the village of Hyannis or the town of Barnstable.  Following the fire, residents petitioned the town for fire protection. When rejected, residents petitioned and formally established a fire district under Massachusetts General Laws.

     May 6, 1896 - Hyannis Fire District is established. Became the second organized fire department on Cape Cod (Provincetown was official in 1859). It is the first of Barnstable's five independent fire districts to be established.

     May 29, 1896 - First District meeting authorized $1000. to purchase fire equipment, including (1) hand drawn soda & acid water extinguisher on wheels for $300, (1) used hand drawn hook & ladder cart for $250, (4) fire extinguishers for $100, and a roster of 15 firemen.

     The first fire house was located to the rear of Keveney's Store on Main Street, in the area of Center Street & Elm Street.  The first fire chief was O. Howard Crowell.

     The Hyannis Rescue Squad was established in 1955.

 

    

 
 

1896 - Jan 24..........NORMAL SCHOOL FIRE - 1896
           The Hyannis Fire District was the first of Barnstable's 5 independent fire districts to be established.  When the "Normal School," a large brick structure on Main Street (where the present Town Hall / telephone building is today) was destroyed by fire on Jan 24, 1896,  only 15 days after opening, the residents of Hyannis decided they needed fire protection.  A petition to the Town of Barnstable was filed but the town rejected the request.  The result was the establishment of the Hyannis Fire District on May 6, 1896 in accordance with state regulations enabling the formation of Fire Districts. 

1896 - May 6.........HYANNIS FIRE DISTRICT ESTABLISHED - 1896

1896 - May 29.......FIRST FIRE DISTRICT MEETING - 1896  
           A May 29, 1896 Fire District meeting authorized $1000. to purchase firefighting equipment, including (1) hand draw soda & acid water extinguisher on wheels for $300. a hand drawn hook and ladder truck for $250., (4) fire extinguishers for $100., and a roster of 15 firemen. The first firehouse was located to the rear of Keveney's store on Main Street, in the area of Center Street & Elm Street.  O. Howard Crowell was elected the first fire chief on June 16, 1896.  In 1898, the Hyannis District also began adding street lights in the area. 

1898 - ................... HYANNIS ELECTRIC LIGHTING - 1898
           The Hyannis Fire District began adding street lighting in the area.

1898 -.....................FIRE CHIEF  N. ALFONSO BRADFORD - 1898
            Fire Chief Bradford appears to have served until c.1922.
             

1904 - Dec 2..........HYANNIS CONFLAGRATION - 1904  
           On December 2, 1904, a fire began in L.P. Wilson's Grocery Store on the northside of Main Street in the east end of town near Center Street across from the railroad depot.  The sound of church bells ringing and train whistles blowing alerted the residents of Hyannis to the fire which already had great headway.  A strong wind blowing from the east blew the fire down Main Street through its many wooden structures to Barnstable Road.  Hyannis Firemen mustered 5 pieces of apparatus but were of little avail.  Phone calls went out to other organized fire departments (Provincetown, Middleboro, and Brockton) to send help by rail.  By morning, the fire had consumed 15 buildings, including more than 600 feet of retail space along Main Street, causing $150,000 in damage.  The Universalist Church and its tall steeple came crashing down at 0305 hours.  A 69 year old sea captain, William Penn Lewis, died as the result of a heart attack while trying to save his home.  (info from CCTimes 121894). 

1911 -...................HYANNIS WATER SERVICE - 1911
          In 1911, the Hyannis Fire District contracted with the private Barnstable Water Company for fire hydrants and water supply in Hyannis.

1911 -...................HYDRANT RENTAL
         In 1911, Hyannis paid $2380. for the rental of 68 hydrants.

1911 - ..................SECOND FIRE HOUSE
           In 1911 a second fire house was added at  the shop of H.C. Bacon at corner of Sea St.
This housed a hose reel.



1914 - ..................WATER FOUNTAIN
         In 1914 the Hyannis Woman's Club presented the Hyannis Fire District with a "substantial and artistic drinking fountain dedicated to the use of humans and dumb animals."  The fountain located at the intersection of Main & Center  Streets is still in place. 

1921 -..................FIRE APPARATUS - 1921
                             (1) double tank chemical engine, (1) hook & ladder, (12) extinguishers, (2) hose reels with 1750' of hose.

1922 - .................FIRE CHIEF WILLIAM R NICKERSON - 1922

1923 -..................FIRE CHIEF EVERETT O. BOND - 1923

1922 -...................HYANNIS SIREN - 1922
           In 1922, HFD authorized $1100. for a siren to be installed in the bellfrey of the Federated Church on Main Street.  

1924 -...................HYANNIS FIRST MOTORIZED APPARATUS - 1924
          In 1924 Hyannis bought the first motorized fire apparatus.  A Childs Motors truck with 2 chemical tanks.  They also purchased a motorized tractor to pull the 1896 hook & ladder truck.  The first turnout gear was purchased as well.  Hyannis responded to 39 calls in 1924. Hyannis began annexing Hyannisport.  Engine known as Hose 1.

1925 -...................HYANNIS FIRE STATION - Barnstable Road - 1925
          In 1925, the Hyannis Fire Department moved into its new spacious headquarters station on 44 Barnstable Road at Elm Street.  Land was purchased for $3,000. and the building itself constructed for $21,586.. 

1926 - Jul 2..........ENGINE 1 - AHRENS FOX - 1926
           On July 2, 1926 a brand new Ahrens Fox 1000 gpm pumper was delivered to the Hyannis Fire Dept as Engine 1.  Active until about 1953 into reserve. 1970 loaned to Edaville. Got it back and Refurbished in 1976.

1927 -..................HYANNISPORT ANNEXED
            The areas of Hyannisport and West Hyannisport are annexed into the Hyannis Fire District. In 1927, a hose cart with 250 feet of 2 1/2" hose was housed in a rented building in Hyannisport. 

1928 -...................ENGINE 2 - Hyannisport - 1928
            A motorized 500 gpm pumper with 1000' of hose is purchase for Hyannisport.
         

1930 - ..................REPORT - 1930
           In 1930 Hyannis responded to 130 calls including 1 response to Provincetown. 

1931 - ..................FIRST PERMANENT FIREMAN - 1931
           The first permanent fireman Edward B. Cook was hired in 1931.

1932 -...................FIRE CHIEF J. LESTER HOWLAND - 1932
           Hyannis Fire Chief J. Lester Howland.  Hyannis FD responded to 89 calls in FY-32.

1932 - ..................LADDER TRUCK - 1932
           Hyannis bought a 1932 Maxim city service style ladder truck. Had a small tank and pump.
Carried ladders up to 50' in length.

1935 - ..................CHIEF'S CAR PURCHASED

1936 - ..................EMERGENCY PHONE
           Hyannis did not have 24 hour coverage in the station. Operators at the New England Telephone office on North Street would take emergency calls dialed "O" and if necessary, push a button in the office to sound the siren,

1937 - ..................ENGINE 3 - GMC - 1937
            In 1937 a GMC 500 gpm Pumper was added as Engine 3. Replaced 1923 Hose 1, the first motorized apparatus.

1939 -...................FIRE CHIEF WINSLOW K. THATCHER - 1939

1942 -...................SIRENS
           A second siren added giving coverage for east and west ends of district.

1946 - ................FIRE STATION ADDITION
           An addition to the Barnstable Road Fire Station.

1950 - ..................ENGINE 5 - Mack - 1950
           A 1950 Mack 750 gpm pumper was delivered as Engine 5. 

1955 -..................FIRE CHIEF GLEN CLOUGH - 1955
           In 1955 Glen Clough became the Chief in Hyannis. 

1955 - ................HYANNIS APPARATUS
          Engine 1 - 1926 Ahren's Fox 1000 gpm
          Engine 2 - none listed (replaced by 1950 Mack)
          Engine 3 - 1937 GMC 500 gpm
          Engine 4 - 1949 Dodge 300 gpm tank truck
          Engine 5 - 1950 Mack 750 gpm
          Engine 6 - 1954 Dodge 500 gpm
          Ladder 1 - 1932 Maxim city service
         

1955 - ................FIRST RESCUE SQUAD - 1955
          The first rescue squad was established in 1955. 1954 Dodge panel truck ambulance.

1959 - ................NEW AMBULANCE
          1956 Cadillac Ambulance

1965 -................ENGINE 2 - 1965 FWD/FARRAR
           New 1965 FWD / Farrar 750 gpm, 1000 gallon foam pumper Engine 2.


1966 - ................HYANNIS FIRE STATION - High School Road - 1966
           In 1966 Hyannis FD moved into a new fire house at 95 High School Road Extension.  Hyannis responded to 589 calls in 1966 including 234 fires and 355 rescues.

1968 - ...............ENGINE 6 - 1968 FWD/FARRAR
           New 1968 FWD / Farrar 750 gpm - 1000 gallon pumper similar to Engine 2.  Engine 6 is assigned to Hyannisport. Replaced 1954 Dodge.

1968 -.................HYANNIS AERIAL LADDER - 1968 THIBAULT
           The new 85' Aerial Ladder 1 came from Thibault in 1968. First Aerial in Hyannis

1971 -.................ENGINE 4 - 1971 DODGE POWER WAGON
           Hyannis replaced 1949 Dodge tank truck with a 1971 Dodge power wagon small150 gallon
           brush truck. Engine 4.

1972 -.................RESCUE TRUCK
           Hyannis replaced 1954 Dodge Panel truck with a 1973 Ford van (80)

1973 -..................HYANNIS IAFF LOCAL 2122 - 1973
           Hyannis firefighters went to a 42 hour work week in 1973 after joining IAFF Local 2122.  There were 1348 calls in 1973.

1975 -.................AMBULANCE -
           Hyannis new ambulance, 1975 Ford van (87)
 

1979 - ................AMBULANCE
           To replace 1975 ambulance (87). 1975 unit did not meet new EMS regulations.

1981 -.................FIRE CHIEF RICHARD FARRENKOPF - 1981
           Hyannis Deputy Richard Farrenkopf becomes fire chief with retirement of Chief Glen Clough. Farrenkopf was on Hyannis FD 35 years, served as chief from 1981 to 1990.

1990 - Jun...........FIRE CHIEF PAUL DAVID CHISHOLM - 1990
           June 1990 - Paul David Chisholm appointed at fire chief, replacing retiring chief Richard Farrenkopf.  Chisholm had been a deputy chief with the Dedham fire department prior to coming to Hyannis.

1993 - ................FIRE DISTRICT ATTEMPTS WATER DISTRICT
           April 1993, the Hyannis Fire District attempts unsuccessfully to take over private Barnstable Water Company  

1996 -.................100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
          May 4, 1996 - Hyannis celebrates 100 years of service. November 1996 - 2 Hyannis and 4 other Cape fire department members of the Massachusetts FEMA USAR team travel to Atlanta as part of the safety team at the Olympics. 

1998 - Nov 7.......FIRE CHIEF HAROLD BRUNELLE - 1998
          November 7, 1998 - Hyannis appoints Deputy Harold Brunelle as fire chief. November 1998 - Voters approve ambulance fees for first time.  Previously, the ambulance was free of charge.  Insurance will cover most incidents bringing revenue to the department supporting its operation. 

2003 - Dec 17.....FIREFIGHTERS RECOGNIZED
           Dec 17, 2003 - Several Hyannis firefighters were among those honored in Boston for their bravery in rescuing a homeless man from a fire in an abandoned warehouse on Route 132.  Captain Eric Kristofferson and firefighters Tom Corbett and Andy Kleaminakis each received the Medal of Valor.  Lt Tom Kenney, firefighter Kevin Black, and  firefighter Scott Hanson received a special award for Meritorious Group Conduct for the same January 2003 fire.

 

 

 



 

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STATIONS HISTORY
 


1896.....................FIRE STATION - Elm Street - 1896
                             The first fire station in Hyannis was behind Keveney's Store on the east end of
                             Main Street. The station was in the area of Center & Elm Street.

1911....................FIRE STATION - Main St & Sea Street
                            Hose 2 is housed in a garage near Sea Street in west end.

1925....................FIRE STATION - 44 Barnstable Road - 1925
                            A new central fire station was built at the corner of Barnstable Road and Elm
                            Street.

1928....................FIRE STATION - Hyannisport
                            A small fire station is built on Scudder Ave, Hyannisport

1966...................FIRE STATION - High School Road Ext. 1966
                           A large, new fire headquarters is built at High School Road Extension and Stevens
                           Street.  It replaced the Barnstable Road Station.
 

 

 

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APPARATUS HISTORY
 





 

 

 

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INCIDENTS HISTORY
 




 
 

 

Major Fires & Emergencies

1896 - Jan 24 - NORMAL SCHOOL FIRE - 1896
                        The Normal School on Main Street is destroyed by fire 15 days after opening.

1904 - Dec 2 - HYANNIS CONFLAGRATION - 1904
                        The "Hyannis Conflagration" destroyed 15 buildings on Main Street.

1937 - May 5 - BRUSH FIRES - 1937
                        Several brush fires, including one on Ridgewood Ave., required approximately 200 people from Hyannis, Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis  to control.  The new Town Fire Truck "Brush Breaker" responded from Osterville where it was being painted.  It was severely damaged when overrun by the fire.  Fires burned 2000 acres from Hyannis towards Cummaquid.

1941 -            - TEACHERS COLLEGE FIRE - 1941
                         Hyannis State Teaches College fire.

1942 -             - CENTER STREET FIRE - 1942
                          A fire in a garage on Center Street caused $101,459 in damage.

1943 -              - COLONIAL BUILDING FIRE - FATAL - 1943
                           A fire in the Colonial building on Main Street took the life of 1 Maritime cadet.

1944 -              - MAYFLOWER RESTAURANT FIRE - Main Street - 1944
                          The Mayflower Restaurant on Main Street was heavily damaged by fire.

1959 - Feb 2    - HYANNIS CLOTHING - Main St - 1959
                           Fire heavily damaged the Hyannis Clothing Store on Main Street.

1960 - Feb 14 - HINCKLEY LUMBER FIRE - Yarmouth Road - 1960
                          The Finishing Mill at the John Hinckley & Son Lumber Company on Yarmouth Road was struck by fire at 0555 hours.  The 2 story building was heavily involved.  All Hyannis crews responded.  Yarmouth Engine 8 covered Hyannis.  The 33 year old Ahrens Fox had been in reserve status for 16 years.  It was put in service and pumped flawlessly for hours supplying water to the deckgun on the ladder truck.  It took over 2 1/2 hours to bring under control.  It took 18 hoselines and over 4,000 feet of hose, as well as 160,000 gallons of water to bring under control.

1961 -              - KENNEDY PRESIDENCY - 1961-63
                           Hyannis responded 42 times for standby coverage during helicopter landings by President Kennedy at the Hyannisport Compound.

1967 -               - LODD LT RICHARD DONOGHUE - 1967
                           Hyannis Lieutenant Richard E. Donoghue was killed - electrocuted while on duty placing a ladder near the Skating Rink.  

1969 - Jan 24    - SENIOR PIZZA FIRE - Main Street - 1969
                            The Senior Pizza Block on Main Street at Sea Street was destroyed in a 2244 hours fire requiring mutual aid.

1969 - Mar 8     - OLDE HARBOR CANDLE FIRE - 1969
                            The Olde Harbor Candle Factory on Craigville Beach Road near Smith Street, was destroyed in a 0022 hours fire requiring mutual aid .  

1971 - Dec 23    - CENTER THEATER FIRE - Main Street - 1971
                             A mid day fire heavily damaged the Center Theater on Main Street.

1972 - July 2      - CENTER THEATER FIRE - Main Street - 1972
                            A general alarm fire destroyed the previously damaged Center Theater on Main Street.  Mutual aid responded from several communities to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby structures.

1972 - Nov 20    - STRUCTURE FIRE - Route 28 - 1972
                             Fire damaged a mercantile building on Rte 28 next to the Slate Company.

1973 - Mar 21    - BEDFORD FRUIT FIRE = Route 28 - 1973
                             The Bedford Fruit Company on Route 28 at the Yarmouth line sustained heavy damage during a night time fire. Two alarms were struck for the 0052 hrsfire.

1973 - April 29   - GREEN BRIAR MOTEL FIRE - Route 132 - 1973
                               Fire struck the Green Brier Motel on Route 132 damaging 5 units.

1973 - June 28    - AIRPORT EMERGENCY - 1973
                              Apparatus responded to the Airport for a DC3 with a landing gear light.

1973- Dec 13      - BRADFORD MOTEL FIRE - Route 28 - 1973
                              Fire damaged one unit at the Bradford Motel on Route 28.

1974 - July 31     - STEVENS STREET FIRE - 1974
                             Two alarm fire does major damage to a large building on Stevens Street at 1515 hrs.  Heavy smoke brought a large crowd to watch the fire.

1974 - Sept 6        - PLANE CRASH - Cape & Vineyard - 1974
                               A plane crashed and burned, killing 3, at the Cape & Vineyard Power Company parking lot on Yarmouth Road at the approach to runway 24.

1974 - Dec 19       - SEA STREET FIRE - 1974
                                Fire did heavy damage to a building at 235 Sea Street.  The 1118 hrs fire damaged several units in the 2-1/2 story apartment house in the 2 alarm fire.

1975 - Mar 23       - PLANE CRASH - Sea Gull Beach - 1975
                               Three were rescued from the water after a plane went down in Nantucket sound south of Yarmouth's Sea Gull Beach.

1975 - May 21      - PLANE CRASH - BMA - 1975
                               A bi-plane crash landed on the grass at the airport at 0720 hrs.

1975 - July 6         - COUNTRY SQUIRE MOTEL FIRE - Main Street - 1975
                               15 units at the Country Squire Motel on East Main Street were damaged in a spectacular Sunday afternoon two alarm fire.

1975 - Oct 4          - KAHIKI RESTAURANT FIRE - Route 28 - 1975
                                Fire destroyed the Kahiki Polenesian-Chinese Restaurant on Iyanough Road at the Yarmouth line at 2140 hrs. 2 alarms struck.

1976 - Jan 20         - DUMPSTER FIRE - North St - 1976
                                 Fire involved a large dumpster at Stop & Shop on North Street. The fire department used their 1950 Mack pumper to pull the dumpster from the building.

1976 - Jan 25        - STRUCTURE FIRE - Harbor Bluff - 1976
                                Fire damaged a summer home on Harbor Bluff Road at 0830 hrs.

1976 - April 20     - STRUCTURE FIRE - Kennedy Rink - 1976
                                Fire damaged a storage building adjacent to the Kennedy Skating Rink.

1976 - May            - AHRENS' FOX RESTORATION - 1976
                                Hyannis firefighters complete restoration of their 1927 Ahrens Fox pumper. The Fox served actively until about 1953. In 1970 it was lent to Edaville Railroad's museum. In 1975 the Firefighters Association got her back and spent a year returning it to near original running condition.  Engine 1 is used for parades and other displays.

1976 - Nov 29       - M&M RESTAURANT FIRE - Main St - 1976
                                Hyannis fire at M&M Restaurant and YMCA on Main street 0059 hrs.

1976 - Dec 8         - DALMATIAN CINDERS DIED - 1976
                                Hyannis Dalmatian mascot "Cinders" died from an accidental poisoning.  The female fire dog responded to over 1,500 fires on Hyannis engines since 1972.

1977 - Jan 7          - WHEELHOUSE INN FIRE - 1977
                                Fire destroyed the Wheelhouse Inn in a fire described by chief Glenn Clough as one of the worst he ever fought in the midst of one of the season's biggest snow storms. The fire burned for 5 hours.

1977 - Jan 13        - PACKAGING INDUSTRIES - 1977
                               A 0115 fire at Packaging Industries on Airport Road caused $100,000 damage.

1977 - Feb 23       - BOAT FIRE - PLEASANT STREET - 1977
                               A stubborn fire aboard a 75 foot steel scalloper docked at the Pleasant Street docks brought help from several departments at 1530 hrs.  Firefighters stood on solid ice in the bay as they battled the fire.  3 alarms were struck.  The fire was eventually put out with foam.

1977 - Mar 16      - STRUCTURE FIRE - Pine Needle Lane - 1977
                               Unoccupied home at end of Pine Needle Lane fully involved 6:00 PM fire.

1977 - June 29      - ELKS LODGE FIRE - Bearse Way - 1977
                               A 2 alarm fire damaged the Elk's Lodge on Bearses Way at 0445 hrs.

1977 - Aug 17      - SEA FREEZE FIRE - West Main - 1977
                               Fire burned one man seriously at the Sea Freeze Ice Cream shop on West Main Street by the Melody tent at 0012 hrs.

1978 - Feb 4         - OCEAN STREET FIRE - 1978
                               A 2 alarm fire destroyed a two story home at 300 Ocean Street. The house was unoccupied. Severe cold hampered firefighters at 0019 hrs.  A second fire struck a house at 53 Pine Street at 0102 hrs caused by a chimney.

1978 - Feb 25        - JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL FIRE - 1978
                                A 2 alarm fire destroyed a 50 year old wooden section of the Junior High School at 1315 hrs..

1978 - May 23       - PACKAGING INDUSTRIES FIRE - 1978
                                 Fire struck Packaging Industries on Airport Road.  The sprinkler system contained a fire in burning plastic materials.

1979 - April 27     - AIRPORT INCIDENT - 1979
                                The landing gear on a twin engine Cessna airplane collapsed on landing at Barnstable airport. 2 people, no injuries.

1979 - June 27       - WINTER STREET FIRE - 1979                                    
                                 Fire destroyed a home on Winter Street.

1979 - July 5         - ALMEIDA BUS TERMINAL FIRE - 1979
                                A suspicious fire struck the Almeida bus terminal at Center Street and Ridgewood Ave.  The large 100 x 200 metal building was heavily damaged in a two alarm fire at 1900 hrs.

1980 - Jan 29        - STRUCTURE FIRES - Sterling Rd - 1980
                               Fire struck two buildings in Hyannis.  The first, a house on Sterling Road.  The second, less than a quarter mile away, was a shed on Straight Way.  Both occurred at 1322 hrs.

1980 - Nov 1        - LAUNDRY FIRE - Main Street - 1980
                               Fire struck the Clean Jeans Coin-Op Laundry at 636 Main Street at 1515 hrs.

1981 - Feb 2         - OCEAN STREET FIRE - 1981
                               Two firefighters injured fighting a fire in an unoccupied house on Ocean Street at 0012 hrs, 40 mph winds whipped the flames through the building.

1983 - Mar 7         - DUNFEY'S HOTEL FIRE - Scudder Ave - 1983
                                Fire damaged the Dunfey Hyannis Hotel on Scudder Ave at 1411 hrs.  One firefighter was treated for minor injuries.

1983 - May 17       - BARN FIRE - Yarmouth Road - 1983
                                 Fire destroyed a 120 year old barn at 44 Yarmouth Road.

1983 - May 19       - CHASE LAUNDRY FIRE - Willow Ave - 1983
                                 A smoky blaze did major damage to the Chase Laundry at 28 Willow Ave near the bus station.  3 alarms were struck bringing aid in from surrounding departments shortly after  1600 hrs.  It was the largest fire in Hyannis in 5 to 10 years according to Hyannis Chief Richard Farrenkopf.

1983 - June 6         - CRACKER BARREL FIRE - Route 132 - 1983
                                An electrical fire damaged the Old Harbor Candle Factory and Cracker Barrel outlet store at Route 132 forcing the evacuation of 100 employees.

1984 - Jan 27         - STRUCTURE FIRE - Sugarbush Lane - 1984
                                A house at 14 Sugarbush Lane was fully involved when firefighters arrived at 1544 hrs.

1984 - June 24      - DOUGS PUB FIRE - Route 28 - 1984
                                Three alarm fire heavily damages 3 story building on Iyannough Road housing Doug's Pub at 0231 hrs. 3 firefighters injured/

1985 - April 28     - MERCHANT MILL WAY - Fatal - 1985
                                 A woman died in her Merchant Mill Way home in a 2 alarm fire.

1985 - June 25       - STRUCTURE FIRE - South Street - 1985
                                One firefighter injured in 2 alarm fire at 299 South Street at South Bay Community re-entry. 2 story building was fully involved.

1985 - June 25       - FIRE CHIEFS CONVENTION - 1985
                                 Hyannis is host to 63rd Annual New England Fire Chiefs convention at the Dunfey Hyannis Hotel.  Many new apparatus on display

1985 - Dec 2         - STRUCTURE FIRE - North Street - 1985
                                Three alarm fire damages law offices at North Street & Winter St.

1986 - Jan 5          - STRUCTURE FIRE - Keel Way - 1986
                                Fire damaged a basement at22 Keel Way at 1743 hrs.

1986 - Feb 25        - STRUCTURE FIRE - Main St - 1986
                                A house behind the Backside restaurant on Main Street was heavily damaged by an afternoon fire.

1986 - Mar 23       - CROMWELL COURT FIRE - 1986
                                A two alarm fire struck the Cromwell  Court apartments on Barnstable Road at 0140 hrs. One firefighter hurt in the blaze.

1986 - June 4        - STOP & SHOP FIRE - Main Street - 1096
                               Fire damaged the well know Stop & Shop sign above the super market at the corner of North and High School Road.  1046 hrs.

1987 - Jan 5          - STRUCTURE FIRE - Uncle Willy's Way - 1987
                                Firefighters pulled a woman from a burning house at Uncle Willy's Way at 0030 hrs.

1987 - Mar 26       - STRUCTURE FIRE - Old Colony Blvd - 1987
                                A 2 story Old Colony Blvd house was destroyed by a 2 alarm fire at 0110 hrs

1987 - April 17     - BARN FIRE - Camp Street - 1987
                                Fire damaged a barn at 48 Camp Street at 1915 hrs.

1987 - Sept 3         - STRUCTURE FIRE - Sea Street - 1987
                                Hyannis firefighters fought a fire at 1878 Sea Street in a 1-1/2 story house. A family of 4  escaped safely.

1987 - Oct 31        - RICHARDS GALLERY FIRE - Main St - 1987
                                Two alarm fire damages Richard's Gallery and a restaurant at Main and Ocean Street. 0100 hrs fire seriously burns one woman and injures several others

1987 - Nov 23       - CUSTODIAN WAYNE BUMP - 1987
                                 Hyannis firefighters dedicated a plaque at the Hyannis station to their custodian and friend Wayne Bump, 54 who is retiring due to cancer after working for HYFD for 10 years.
 
1988 - Jan 15         - CAPE COD CHRYSLER FIRE - Main Street - 1988
                                 Hyannis firefighters battled a stubborn fire at the Cape Cod Chrysler garage on East Main Street. The two alarm fire resulted in heavy damage to the building at 1545 hrs. The fire rekindled at 2030 hrs and two firefighters were injured at the second fire.
 
1988 - April 13     - BOAT FIRE - Ocean Street - 1988
                               Fires damaged a building at 459 South Street and a 58 foot fishing boat at the Ocean Street Docks within 1-1/2 hours of each other. The boat fire destroyed the Sea Swan II at 0512 hrs in a two alarm fire. Both fires, and several others considered suspicious and related.

1988 - May 6         - CROMWELL COURT FIRE - 1988
                                Fire broke out in an apartment at Cromwell Court apartments on Barnstable Road sending 2 dozen residents out into the rain at about 2200 hrs.

1988 - May 14      - STRUCTURE FIRE - South Street - 1988
                               Spectacular fire destroys 2-1/2 story house at 459 South Street at 0521 hrs. Second fire at property in weeks.  Burns to ground.

1988 - June 7        - BRUSH FIRE - Yachtsman Condos - 1988
                               Two alarms struck for a 3 acre brush fire that threatened the Yachtsman Condos near Kalmus Beach.

1988 - July 24       - RAILROAD INCIDENT - 1988
                                Firefighters had to use Jaws and Airbags to free a man trapped between a locomotive and a loading dock at the Cape Cod and Hyannis railroad.

1988 - Sept 21       - BOAT FIRE - Lewis Bay - 1988
                                 Firefighters from Hyannis and Yarmouth responded to a boat fire in Lewis Bay near Egg Island at 1403 hrs.  The 30 foot power boat was fully involved with back smoke visible for miles.

1989 - Jan 28         - TRAIN FIRE - 1989
                                 Fire struck 4 train cars at the Cape Cod & Hyannis rail yard.  One was destroyed and 3 damaged.  Suspicious.

1989 - Mar 11        - GREEN BRIAR MOTEL - 1989
                                 One unit at the Green Brier Motor Lodge on Route 132 sustained extensive damage during a fire around 0400 hrs. 30 people were evacuated from the 19 unit motel.

1989 - Mar 17         - STRUCTURE FIRE - Hyannis Drive In - 1989
                                  Fire destroyed the concession stand at the Hyannis Drive in Theater off Route 132.  The theater has been closed and will be developed as a shopping center.

1989 - Mar 30         - HOLIDAY INN FIRE - 1989
                                  A propane gas tank exploded and fire damaged the pool area at the Holiday Inn on Route 132.

1989 - May 23         - MONTILLO'S BAKERY FIRE - 1989
                                   Fire damages Montillio's Bakery at 294 Main Street at 2030 hrs.

1989 - July 15          - PACKAGING INDUSTRIES FIRE - 1989
                                   Fire broke out at the Packaging Industries plant on Airport Road at 0800 hrs.

1990 - Feb                - DEPUTY JOHN MCHUGH RETIRES - 1990
                                   HYFD honors retiring Deputy Chief John McHugh. McHugh served with Hyannis FD for 38 years, serving as a Captain for many years and finishing as Deputy Chief.

1990 - Sept 22           - BOAT FIRE - Lewis Bay - 1990
                                    A 42 foot boat burned out of control in Lewis Bay about 1700 hrs forcing 4 passengers to flee.

1990 - Dec                 - WHALE RESCUE - Squaw Island - 1990
                                     Hyannis Firefighters worked to rescue 55 stranded Pilot Whales on Squaw Island.  Most did not survive the stranding.

1991 - Aug 23            - HURRICANE BOB FIRES - 1991
                                     Two fires related to Hurricane Bob damaged homes on Greenbrier Lane and Delta Lane.  Both related to power outages.

1991 - Nov                 - POLICE CONVENTION - 1991
                                     Firefighters respond to numerous false alarms and problems at the Cape Plaza Hotel as 600 police officers attend a convention there.

1992 - May 27           - STRUCTURE FIRE - Windshore Dr - 1992
                                     A house at 137 Windshore Drive damaged by a fire. A mom and two young children escaped uninjured.  One Hyannis firefighter knocked unconscious by a fallen ceiling.

1992 - June 6             - STRUCTURE FIRE - Ridgewood Ave - 1992
                                    2 alarm fire at 73 Ridgewood Ave.  Three residents escape at 0606 hrs.

1992 - Aug 1             - STRUCTURE FIRE - Route 28 - 1992
                                   Two firefighters injured fighting a fire in a former cement plant off Route 28 near Puffer-bellies at 2316 hrs.

1992 - Dec 9             - STRUCTURE FIRE - Point Lane - 1992
                                    Fire did heavy damage to a home on Point Lane in Hyannisport.

1993 - Mar 18          - STRUCTURE FIRE - St Josephs St - 1993
                                   Two children were taken to the hospital, along with their mother following a fire in the home at 41 St. Joseph's Street.

1993 - May 22          - KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - 1993
                                    Fire damaged the Knights of Columbus Hall at 1030 Falmouth Road at 0024 hrs. Two alarms struck.

1993 - July 31          - STRUCTURE - Lewis Bay Rd - 1993
                                    Firefighters rescue a cat from a fire at 21 Lewis Bay Road.

1993 - Sept 28          - STRUCTURE - Ridgewood Ave - 1993
                                    Suspicious fire heavily damages building off Ridgewood Ave by Pufferbellies Nightclub.  Two alarms.

1993 - Nov 22           - TRAIN FIRE - 1993 A rail car was heavily damaged in a fire that threatened nearby propane storage tanks at the Hyannis rail yard at 1700 hrs.

1993 - Dec 8              - STRUCTURE FIRE - Bay View St - 1993
                                     Hyannis' new Tower Ladder was first used at a building fire at 51 Bay View Street at 0353 hours.

1994 - Feb 23             - MVA - West Main St - Fatal - 1994        
                                     A woman is killed in a head on accident on West Main Street near the Melody tent at 0015 hrs.

1994 - April 19           - STRUCTURE - Main Street - 1994
                                      A 2 alarm fire damaged a building at the rear of 349 Main Street at 2351 hrs.

1994 - June 2              - STRUCTURE - South Street - 1994
                                      A 32 year old woman was rescued by police and Hyannis firefighters from a fire on South Street.

1994 - June 21            - NAM VETS FIRE - Main Street - 1994
                                     5 alarms were transmitted rapidly for a fire at the Nam Vets Center building on Main Street at Basset Lane.  The fire threatened several buildings in the congested area of Main Street.  Hundreds of onlookers watched as firefighters successfully contained the 2140 hours fire with the help of several Cape departments.

1994 - Sept 22             - HAZ MAT INCIDENT - Tara Hyannis - 1994
                                      The new State Haz Mat team was summoned to the Tara Hyannis hotel on Smith Street for a chemical spill in the basement that sent several civilians to the hospital.

1994 - Oct 24              - PLANE CRASH - Lewis Bay - 1994
                                      A plane crashed into Lewis Bay at 2215 hours during a heavy rain storm.  Two were killed in the small plane.  A major mutual aid effort was required to make the recovery using dive teams, USCG, police units, etc..

1994 - Nov 5               - WATER RESCUE - Lewis Bay - 1994
                                      Three fishermen rescued from breakwater at Hyannisport.

1994 - Dec 7                - CHAPLAIN DUFFY MEMORIAL - 1994
                                       Hyannis FD Chaplain, Father Edward Duffy of St.Francis Xavier is memorialized at age 72.

1995 - April 6              - HAZ MAT - Mary Dunn Road - 1995
                                      Fire involving approximately 77 discarded 55 gallon chemical drums and other debris raged behind the airport on Mary Dunn Road causing concerns for water department wells in the area.

1995 - July 28              - STRUCTURE - Louis Street - 1995
                                       Fire guts half of Duplex at 45 Louis Street forcing two families from home at 2000 hrs.

1995 - Aug 23              - HYANNIS HARBORVIEW MOTEL - 1995
                                       The Hyannis Harborview Hotel on Ocean Street was well involved when firefighters arrived at 1430 hours.  A strong wind and a delay in notification resulted in heavy fire conditions.  4 Alarms were sounded bringing assistance from several departments.  The Hyannis Tower ladder operated its master streams in successfully containing the blaze.  Several firefighters were injured and treated.  None of the occupants was injured.

1996 - Jan 10               - AIRPORT INCIDENT - 1996
                                      Private jet skids off end of runway into a snowbank at airport during a snow storm at 1540 hrs.  None of 4 on board were injured. 

1996 - Aug 3                - STRUCTURE - 500 Old Colony Blvd - 1996
                                      Careless smoking blames for a fire in the elderly housing complex at 500 Old Colony Blvd.  One resident was in serious condition and later died. Many others had to be evacuated at the 0026 hrs fire.

1996 - Oct 16              - CAPE COD HOSPITAL FIRE - 1996
                                     A smoky blaze damages a 2nd floor nurses lounge at CCH at 1100 hrs.  About 30 patients were evacuated from the medical/surgical floor.

1996 - Nov 26            - CHAMP HOUSE FIRE - 1996
                                     A 3 alarm fire heavily damaged the CHAMP House rooming house at 14 East Main Street. Two people burned. One died later.

1997 - Aug 23            - BASSETT LANE FIRE - 1997
                                     Three alarms for a stubborn fire in a vacant building at 84 Bassett Lane. Three firefighters sent to hospital with minor injuries. Building was full of foam mattresses and other materials that made extinguishment difficult in 0547 hrs fire.

1997 - Dec 7               - STRUCTURE FIRE - Route 28 - 1997
                                      Spectacular fire destroys furniture storage building on Route 28 near Walton Ave. The fire at 1612 hrs shut down Route 28 to traffic for a period of time after a hose burst from vehicles going over it.  Deckguns and ladderpipes utilized in 2 alarm fire.

1997 - Dec 15             - STRUCTURE - Main Street - 1997
                                      Apartment house fire at 576 Main Street displaces 10 residents at 0215 hrs.

1997 - Dec 30             - STRUCTURE - Home Port Drive - 1997
                                      Two die in a house fire at 19 Home Port Drive. Two others escaped.

1998 - April 27           - STRUCTURE - Bodfish Place - Fatal - 1998
                                      Woman died in house fire at 10 Bodfish Place at 1300 hrs, possibly caused by cigarette in a mattress.

1998 - Oct 14              - FATAL FIRE - Rail Yard - 1998
                                      Man found dead in in a small shed fire at Hyannis rail yard at 1900 hrs.

1998 - Oct 16              - ELECTROCUTION - Airport Road - 1998
                                     Construction worker electrocuted at Cape & Islands Steel, off Airport Road as steel comes in contact with 14,000 volt power lines.

1998 - Oct 21              - STRUCTURE - Main Street - 1998
                                     Two alarm fire in apartment above 569 Main Street shortly after 0300 hrs. Police and fire personnel evacuated 15 people safely.

1998 - Oct 28              - STRUCTURE - Fresh Holes Rd - 1998
                                      Fire caused by a candle damages duplex at 22 Fresh Holes Road at 0030 hrs.

1998 - Oct 30              - STRUCTURE - C C Mall, Route 28 - 1998
                                      A smoky fire causes damage to vacant Laundry building on Cape Cod Mall property off Route 28 at 2300 hrs.

1999 - Feb 18              - STRUCTURE - C C Mall Laundry, Route 28 - 1999
                                      A former laundry building on the Cape Cod Mall Property, Route 28 side, was destroyed in a spectacular 2 alarm fire in the afternoon.  Apparently set. Second fire on property within months.

1999 - Mar 1                - STRUCTURE - Spruce St - 1999
                                        Woman injured in a fire at 58 Spruce Street.

1999 - May 19              - FATAL FIRE - Mary Dunn Rd - 1999
                                       A house fire at 29 Mary Dunn Road. A 44 year old male died from smoke inhalation. The fire was apparently set.

1999 - May 30              - STRUCTURE - Mark Ave - 1999
                                       A 2 alarm fire heavily damaged a  home on Mark Ave at 2056 hrs. Fire was apparently electrical.

1999 - July 2                - AIRPORT INCIDENT - 1999
                                       A twin engine, private jet plane slid off the end of Runway 24 at Barnstable Airport coming within 15 feet of Route 28.  No fire, no injuries.

1999 - July 4                - STRUCTURE - Sea Street Market - 1999
                                       Fire causes $50,000 damage to Sea Street Market. at 1148 hrs.  One firefighter treated for heat exhaustion.

2000 - Mar 17               - PLANE CRASH - TJ Maxx - 2000
                                        In a bizarre St. Patrick's Day snow storm, a large corporate jet, landing down wind, skidded off the end of Runway 24, across Route 28 (just missing several cars) and into the TJ Maxx parking lot.  The occupants of the jet walked off uninjured.  Approximately 1,200 gallons of jet fuel spilled into the drainage system.  No fire and no serious injuries.  Luck of the Irish perhaps.

2000 - Aug 19              - FIRE INJURIES - Barnstable Road - 2000
                                       19 year old woman set self on fire at 310 Barnstable Road office building. Sprinkler system activated.  Victim flown via Medflight to Boston burn center.

2000 - Aug 23              - STRUCTURE - Route 132 - 2000
                                      Firefighters extinguished a fire in an abandoned warehouse at Route 132 and Bearse's Way late afternoon. Building is frequented by the homeless population.

2000 - Aug 30              - FATAL FIRE - Squaw Island - 2000
                                       Man dies in car fire on Squaw Island at 0229 hrs.

2000 - Sept 17             - WATER RESCUE - Hyannisport - 2000
                                      Five people rescued by boat from Hyannisport jetty at 1643 hrs as tide and high waves traps them from reaching shore.

2000 - Oct 23              - FATAL FIRE - Estey Ave - 2000
                                      Fire claims lives of an elderly couple at 74  Estey Avenue.

2000 - Nov 21             - STRUCTURE - Hill St - 2000
                                      Fire damages home at 12 Hill Street.

2000 - Nov 29             - MVA EXTRICATION - North Street - 2000
                                      Rescuers took 45 minutes using Jaws to extricate driver in car vs tree crash on North Street following a police pursuit.  Medflight called.

2001 - Jan 18              - DUMPSTER FIRE - CCH - 2001
                                     A dumpster fire at the Cape Cod Hospital loading dock contained chemicals. Several employees treated.

2001 - Jan 22              - GAS LEAK - Sid's Furniture - 2001
                                     A major gas leak at Sid's Furniture required the closing of Route 28 for several hours.  Fortunately two small fires self extinguished and there was no explosion.

2001 - Feb 21             - FATAL MVA - Craigville Beach Rd - 2001
                                     Fatal head on crash Craigville Beach Road near Smith Street.  Jaws used to extricate victims in 0100 hrs accident.

2001 - Mar 3              - HAZ MAT - CCH - 2001
                                     Two separate chemical spills at CCH handled by firefighters in Haz Mat suits.

2001 - Mar 12            - DRILL ON STEAMSHIP - 2001
                                     Firefighters, Police, USCG, and steamship authority participate in disaster drill on Ferry Eagle.

2001 - April 8            - FATAL MVA - Craigville Beach Rd - 2001
                                     Two die in headon crash on Craigville Beach Road at 1335 hrs.

2001 - Aug 24            - PLANE CRASH - BMA - 2001
                                     Two escape injury as their  Cessna 150 crashes in woods shortly after take off from Barnstable Airport after hours at about 0100 hrs.  The plane ended up in the woodsw off Willow Street.

2001 - Sept 11           - 9/11/01 RESPONSE - 2001
                                    Firefighters join other American in shock over terrorist attacks and loss of 343 FDNY firefighters at World Trade center.  Several Hyannis firefighters, members of the Massachusetts FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team, were deployed to ground  zero as part of the first arriving help from the outside, going to work that afternoon and operating for about a week.

2001 - Oct                 - ANTHRAX SCARE INCIDENTS - 2001
                                    Firefighters coping with numerous ""Anthrax" scares following terrorist threats.

2001 - Oct 13            - FATAL FIRE - Bishops Ter - 2001
                                    An elderly man died in house fire at 35 Bishops Terrace about 1100 hrs.

2001 - Nov 10           - STRUCTURE - Ridgewood Ave - 2001
                                     Firefighters rescue woman from 2nd floor of house on fire at 78 Ridgewood Ave early in the morning.

2001 - Nov 26            - CAPE CROSSROADS FIRE - Route 132 - 2001
                                     A 4 Alarm fire caused heavy damage to the Cape Crossroads Condos on Route 132 (800 Bearses Way).  The 0315 hours fire in the occupied condo began in a 3rd floor ceiling and heavy fire was visible in the sky as first alarm companies approached.  The 2nd alarm was transmitted prior to arrival and the 3rd alarm soon after arrival.  Deckguns and ladder pipes as well as several handlines contained the fire.  No injuries.

2002 - April 2             - FATAL FIRE - Winter Street - 2002
                                     A man died from burns sustained in a bedroom fire at 191 Winter Street.

2002 - June 20            - STRUCTURE FIRE - Harbor House Apts - 2002
                                     A woman was seriously burned in a fire at the 132 South Street Harbor House Apartments. Two other family members were also injured in the 0244 hrs fire.

2003 - Jan 4               - CRACKER BARREL FIRE - Route 132 - 2003
                                     A homeless man was rescued from a burning warehouse on Route 132.  The former Old Harbor Cracker Barrel factory was heavily damaged in the fire that occurred during a heavy snow storm.  Firefighters had to cut through welded doors to gain access.  The rescue was made using a thermal imaging camera.

2002 - Jan 24              - FUEL LEAK - Hyannis Harbor - 2002
                                     Fire crews worked to contain a 250 - 500 gallon kerosene spill in Hyannis Harbor.  The fuel leaked from a truck bound for Nantucket at about 1600 hrs.

2003 - Jan 27              - WATER DAMAGE - Town Hall - 2003
                                      Firefighters responding to an automatic alarm at the Town Hall found water running from a broken sprinkler system.  Damage about $200,000.

2003 - Mar 30            - WOODY'S RESTAURANT FIRE - South Street - 2003
                                     A smokey three alarm fire threatened the west end of Main Street at 0026 hrs. The fire at Woody's Restaurant at 525 South Street is at the intersection with Main Street.  Fire was blowing out the windows and threatening buildings across the street soon after firefighters arrived. The restaurant was best known as Villa Vechione Italian restaurant for many years during the 1970s and 80s.

2003 - April 23           - FATAL MVA - Greenwood Ave - 2003
                                      Two teenagers were killed when the vehicle they were operating struck a tree on Greenwood Ave.  Speed was a contributing factor.

2003 - July                  - FIRE CHIEF GLENN CLOUGH PASSED - 2003
                                      Former Chief Glenn Clough passed away.  He joined Hyannis FD in 1942 and became chief in 1955.  Highly respected, he was instrumental in the founding of the Barnstable County Fire Academy and many other aspects of the fire service on Cape Cod until his retirement in 1981 after 39 years of service.

2004 - Jan 8                - PROPANE TANKER - Steamship - 2004
                                      Hyannis firefighters battled bitter cold all day as they tended to the safe off loading of 10,000 gallons of liquid propane from a tanker truck that tipped over in rough seas aboard the Steamship Authority vessel Katama. The tanker truck tipped over around 0800 hrs just off Nantucket.  A decision was made to return to Hyannis harbor arriving about 1100 hrs.  The area surrounding the docks, not far from Cape Cod Hospital was evacuated as a precaution as the situation was managed throughout the day. No leak occurred.

2004 - Jan 10           - STRUCTURE - Spring Street - 2004
                                  Firefighters put out a fire in a home at 57 Spring Street that displaced 6-8 residents at 1350 hrs.

 

 

 

 
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Bickford, Arthur F. MD.......Barnstable County Associate Medical Examiner

Bond, Everett O...................Hyannis Fire District, 4th fire chief 1923-1932

Bradford, N. Alfonso...........Hyannis Fire District, 1st engineer 1897, 2nd fire chief in 1898 - 1922

Brunelle, Harold..................Hyannis Fire District, 10th fire chief 1998-present. Served as Deputy
                                             under chief Chisholm. Was Captain and permanent firefighter.

Chicoine, Jeffery.................Hyannis Fire District, Captain early 1970s

Chisholm, Paul David..........Hyannis Fire District, 9th fire chief 1990-1998.

Cinders................................Hyannis Dalmation fire dog c.1973-Dec 1976. Beloved mascot.
                                            Died from apparent accidental poisoning.

Clough, Glen B.....................Hyannis Fire District, 7th Fire Chief 1955-1981

Crowell, O. Howard.............Hyannis Fire District, first fire chief 1897-1898

Donoghue, Richard E............Hyannis Fire District, permanent firefighter 1955-1967, killed in line
                                              of duty in 1967. Electricuted.

Farrenkopf, Richard..............Hyannis Fire District, permanent firefighter 1964, Captain in 1967,
                                              First fulltime Deputy in 1977,  became 8th fire chief 1981-1990.
                                              35 year member.

Glansberg, Kenneth S...........Cape & Islands EMS, coordinator 1970's

Howland, J Lester.................Hyannis Fire District, 5th fire chief 1932-1939

Mason, Lester.......................Hyannis Fire District, Captain, Deputy

McHugh, John.......................Hyannis Fire District, firefighter, Captain, Deputy Chief

Melanson, Dean....................Hyannis Fire District, Deputy Chief under Chief Brunelle.

Nickerson, William R...........Hyannis Fire District, 3rd fire chief 1922-1923

Pickering, Keith....................Hyannis Fire District, firefighter and Lieutenant 1970's

Thatcher, Winslow K............Hyannis Fire District, 6th fire chief 1939-1955

Viola, Arthur.........................Hyannis Fire District, Captain 1970s