A brush fire that tore through five acres of land on Cape Cod Saturday night was likely caused by the illegal use of fireworks, according to Falmouth fire officials.

Firefighters were called to the area of the Beagle Club on Old Barnstable Rd. at 11 p.m. for a report of a brush fire, according to a post on the Falmouth Fire Rescue Department’’s Facebook page.

Crews found three separate fires burning, each covering more than an acre. Additional firefighters were called to the scene, and the fire was controlled in about an hour. The fire eventually burned five acres, the department said.


At one point, the fire was “burning in close proximity” to several homes in the Cordwood Landing neighborhood.

“This fire was most likely the result of illegal fireworks usage,” the post said.

The Falmouth Fire Rescue Department, Falmouth Police Department, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police are continuing to investigate the fire.

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