Harwich Working:Three Alarms at Abandoned Motel

Stone Horse Motel well off when firefighters arrived

Just before 0130 hours on Sunday, 25 November, Harwich Massachusetts firefighters responded to the Stone Horse Motel for the building fire. The large two-story motel, vacant for a number of years, had a significant and advancing fire condition showing when the first due company arrived. After sizing up the structure and fire conditions, an exterior attack was started and additional alarms were struck. A search was done after the fire with cadaver dogs which resulted with no victims found. Harwich companies had earlier done a review of the dilapidated property.

Firefighters from Chatham, Dennis, Brewster, Yarmouth and Orleans either responded to the fire or transfered to other firehouses. No injuries were reported and the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal's office has considered the cause of the fire to be suspicious. The photo below (The View from The Front Seat's Captain Dave LeBlanc, arm outstretched) is courtesy of Jake O'Callaghan of CapeWideNews. More photos can be seen here.

"Three-alarm fire Harwich motel suspicious" News Radio 95 WXTK
"Three alarm destroys Harwich hotel", CapeCodOnline.com
"Truck Company Operations at Vacant Buildings", Jim McCormack, FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com
"Hotel Fires Require Quick, Effective Action", Greg Jakubowski, FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com
"Interior or Exterior Attack Strategy", Kirby and LaKamp, FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com

Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for Elsevier Public Safety (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the FireEMSBlogs.com network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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