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48 Chickadee Lane, Pocasset
Approx 2100 Hours
Thursday February 8, 2007

For the second time in two days, Bourne Fire Department battled a house fire in bone
chilling conditions. This time, a second house was also involved resulting in a second
alarm response.  The original house, was fully involved on arrival.  The second house,
the exposure, was located perhaps 30 feet away and it too became involved as
Bourne firefighters had difficulty locating a good hydrant... the first three hydrants
were frozen!  The Pocasset fire station 4, closest to the scene was un-staffed at the
time of the call (out on an ambulance call, no one in the station).  Engine 122 from
Station 2 was first in and made the attack, but frozen hydrants delayed a sustained
water supply.

Mutual aid from Otis, Falmouth, Mashpee, Onset and Wareham EMS
responded to the scene and operated for several hours. Units from Sandwich,
and Plymouth also assisted covering stations.  Several firefighters sustained minor
injuries, one was transported to the hospital.

Falmouth Lt. Tim Smith


Falmouth FF Gary Sabens







Bourne Deputy Chief Joe Carrara


One of the frozen hydrants, within sight of the fire.


Mashpee Tower 356


Falmouth Engine 23


Bourne Ladder 126


Bourne Engine 124 (would have been first due but crew was on an ambulance call)

Yarmouth Dispatcher and Red Cross member Jerry Mossey

Red Cross arriving for rehab




Photos Britton Crosby
Copyright 2007