Seventh arson in Hyannis recorded at duplex

An unoccupied duplex in Hyannis was struck by an arson fire on Thursday morning, the second suspicious blaze at the address and the seventh house fire deemed arson in recent months in the Cape Cod village, fire officials said.

The fire was set about 12:55 a.m. on Fresh Holes Road, and firefighters spent about four hours extinguishing it. The duplex was destroyed, fire Captain Hans Kristofferson said.

“We had the first fire there about two months ago, and [the duplex] had been vacant since that fire,” Kristofferson said.


“In the August fire, somebody put a mattress up against the building and ignited it,” said Deputy Fire Chief Dean Melanson. “The second fire this morning was also arson.”

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Four arson fires were set on Baxter Road and Pilgrim Lane on May 5, Melanson said.

“We had a dead hydrant,” he said. “As we are repositioning, we go two houses down on Baxter, and a second house is on fire. We start dealing with that. Then the next house down is seen on fire. Then we found another fire down the street, making for the fourth fire.” Three houses were not occupied. The fourth was a rental unit being renovated, Melanson said.

“One building was a total loss. The three others were damaged but salvageable.” In the seventh fire, arson was also blamed for a blaze on Hiramar Road on April 20.

“When we were fighting the fire at Hiramar, we heard an explosion,” Melanson said. “We went to 251 Falmouth Road, and somebody had lit a car on fire and [the fire] spread to two other parked cars.”

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