On May 19th, 2020 at approximately 12:15pm, the Mattapoisett Fire Department was dispatched to 56 Ocean Drive for a reported structure fire. Fire Chief, Andrew Murray arrived on scene at 12:21pm and confirmed a working structure fire with heavy fire and smoke showing. A first alarm assignment was requested to the scene, bringing in engines from Marion and Fairhaven Fire. Rochester Fire responded to the scene with two tankers to aid with water supply.
During an initial scene size-up, it was reported that there was someone trapped inside. The crew from Engine 1 immediately started making entry into the house to perform a rescue when the occupants were located in the back yard. Once all life hazards were addressed and everyone was accounted for, crews resumed fire suppression activities. The home is an ocean front residence and at the time of the fire, 25-30 mph winds were gusting off the water, creating difficulties with extinguishment.
Crews worked tirelessly to bring the fire under control in approximately 35 minutes with 22 firefighters. Three people were home at the time; however, no injuries were reported. The fire and smoke damage is estimated around $200,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Mattapoisett fire department and Massachusetts state police fire investigation unit. The Mattapoisett Police provided scene security and assisted with traffic. The last fire unit cleared the scene at 3:32pm.
Mattapoisett Fire Department Press Release