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YARMOUTH CRANBERRY BOG BUILDING FIRE
Knob Hill Road, South Yarmouth
3rd Alarm Fire - Tier 3 Haz Mat - Level 3 MCI
Friday, July 10, 2009 - approx 1130 hours
Yarmouth Fire Department responded to a working fire in a
cranberry bog storage building
off Knob Hill Road, in South Yarmouth on Friday July 10, 2009 around 1130 hours.
On arrival, units found a storage building with heavy fire and exposure problems to
other sections of the building. Additionally, there were propane tanks venting and
approximately 20 tons of chemicals and fertilizer in the building. Because of the remote
location of the building, a long LDH hose lay in excess of 2500' was required to establish
a sustained hydrant water supply. The fire quickly went to a second alarm bringing in
mutual aid from neighboring towns. A third alarm was sounded soon after.
Additional special calls throughout the afternoon brought additional units to work.
A Tier 3 hazardous materials response was requested bringing a full southeastern
Massachusetts Haz Mat response. All 5 District 1 haz mat apparatus responded to
the scene, as well as the ISU and Rehab unit from the DFS.
As the incident progressed, a Level 3 Mass Casualty Incident was declared to
decon, process, and transport approximately 3 dozen personnel to CCH
for evaluation. The response to the scene brought additional fire and EMS units
as well as a school bus to transport personnel. Personnel took efforts to reduce
environmental risks due to water run off.
Barnstable County Control managed a wide spread mutual aid response with
units from West Barnstable to Eastham being involved in the incident, as
well as the District 1 haz mat response. Numerous other calls kept Cape
departments hopping during the fire.
Yarmouth Engine 43 and Ladder 41
Mass District 1 Haz Mat 14 from West Yarmouth
Haz Mat 12 - Operational Response Unit (ORU) from Bourne.
Hose lay to hydrant