Three-alarm church fire in Brewster ruled arson
Audio: CWN's Jake O'Callaghan with WXTK's Matt Pitta
Audio: Brewster Police Chief Richard Koch with WXTK's Matt Pitta
BREWSTER - Firefighters were called to the scene of a major blaze at the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church in Brewster early Friday morning. The fire at the 3580 Main Street (Route 6A) church came in as an automatic alarm about 3 a.m. It went quickly to three-alarms bringing in mutual aid from seeral surrounding towns. The fire went through the roof and part of the building reportedly collapsed. Firefighters set up ladder pipes and fought the fire from outside. Route 6A in the area between Millstone Road and the Orleans Line was closed due to apparatus and hose lines in the roadway. Electricity was shut off in the area for safety reasons leaving some people without power. Most of that power was restored later in the morning. The Red Cross was also on the scene providing hot drinks and rehab for firefighters. The State Fire Marshal's office was called to investigate the cause of the fire.
Friday afternoon officials told WXTK news the fire is being considered arson. Brewster Police Chief Richad Koch telling News Director Matt Pitta "we have identified a person of interest and we are following up on some leads." The State Fire Marshal's office tells WXTK there does not appear to be any connection with Sunday morning's Stone Horse Motel fire in Harwich or Saturday night's barn fire in Sandwich.
By afternoon the church had been reduced to a pile of rubble. Reverend Myron Heckman says weekend services will be held at the Stony Brook Elementary School. He also says the church is insured and plans to rebuild
Audio: Reverend Heckman
Photos and video by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN; aftermath photos by Matt Pitta/WXTK
Four car crash in Mashpee slows afternoon commute
MASHPEE - A four-vehicle crash in Mashpee slowed the afternoon commute home. The crash happened about 5 p.m. in the 400 block of Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151). It appeared to be a chain reaction. Firefighters reportedly used the Jaws of Life to pop the door of one of the vehicles to get the driver out. No serious injuries were repoted. The crash is under investigation by Mashpee Police
Fire damages Bourne house
BOURNE - Fire damaged a house in Bourne about 4:30 a.m. The fire at 16 Glacier Way was apparently contained to an exterior wall. It may have been sparked by a stove. Further details were not immediately available.
Rollover on Route 25
Blaze damages Orleans house
ORLEANS - Fire damaged a house in Orleans Thursday evening. Heavy fire was showing on the outside of 67 River Road when crews arrived around 8 p.m. The fire was quickly knocked down but smoke and heat damage was reported inside and power was cut leaving the building temporarily uninhabitable. One firefighter was treated for a hand injury. The cause of the fire is under investigation
YPD's Giammarco named military liaison officer
YARMOUTH - Yarmouth Police Department Patrol Officer Nicholas Giammarco, age 32, has been appointed to serve as our second Military Support Officer and will work together with Patrol Officer Richard White in our ongoing commitment to Veterans.
The Yarmouth Police Department strongly supports and recognizes our Veterans and their families. We realize the sacrifices made and want to insure that all of the needs of our Police Officers and their families serving in our Armed Forces are recognized and met. We further recognize our nation’s large scale and long term commitment to two wars and the reliance on National Guard and Reserve Forces and that many of these individuals are past, current, and future members of the Yarmouth Police Department and the profession of Law Enforcement.
The creation of a Military Support Officer is a proactive step and part of our ongoing Excellence in Policing Community Policing Plan. The appointment of Patrol Officer Giammarco is based on his record of serving with distinction for the past 5 years as a fulltime Police Officer with the Sandwich and Yarmouth Police Departments. In addition, Patrol Officer Giammarco has served and continues to serve our country as a member of the United States Air Force and is currently a Master Sergeant in the Massachusetts Air National Guard. While serving Patrol Officer Giammarco has earned 13 Armed Services Awards including the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Meda, the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Combat Attachment, and the Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal. Furthermore, Patrol Officer Giammarco is a graduate of the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Academy in Reading and has also earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Cape Cod Community College.
In addition to their regular patrol duties, Patrol Officers White and Giammarco will serve as the point of contact between our Command Staff and front line Supervisors, Veteran Officers, and our Armed Forces. Some of their areas of assignment are:
· Understanding today’s military
· Veteran officer reintegration guidance
· Employing veteran recruits
· Available veteran resources
· Identify issues and make referrals to the appropriate resources
The men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department welcome Patrol Officer Giammarco to his new assignment and recognize the value of our Veterans and earnestly appreciate their ongoing service and sacrifice.
Media release furnished by Yarmouth Police
Keep Yarmouth safe - report streetlights out
YARMOUTH - Yarmouth Police urge you to call 1.800.544.4876 anytime to report any malfunctioning street light in the town of Yarmouth and it will be fixed within 3 to 5 business days. This service is available 24/7. Please help us keep Yarmouth safe, check your neighborhood, and report any malfunctioning street light ASAP.
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