West Barnstable Fire Chief Joe Maruca’s feet are still cold and wet 12 hours after battling the fire that broke out Wednesday night in a home on Lothrop’s Lane.
Maruca said the fire department was lucky to be so well staffed at the time of the fire, with one career firefighter and two volunteers, when the call came into the station at 10:18 p.m.
The small crew was at the two-alarm fire in seven minutes flat, Maruca said. The house was under renovation, so no one was home. One of the volunteer firefighters was treated and released for smoke inhalation.
Roughly 50 firefighters from the surrounding area joined the small crew, Maruca said.
The large colonial-style home was not near any fire hydrants, so crews had to truck tens of thousands of gallons of water to the fire. Firefighters even pumped water out of the pool to spray on the fire.
“The fire started in the front hall, but spread rapidly up the stairs and into the attic,” Maruca said.
The windowpanes shattered as heavy smoke billowed out of the house, Maruca said.
The flames devoured the stairs and eventually part of the roof. The second floor was unstable, so firefighters were forced to work from outside the house.
Firefighters remained at the scene until after 3 a.m. Thursday.