Barnstable County

Officers rescue residents after flames engulf Eastham home, officials say

EASTHAM, Mass. — Authorities are commending a group of police officers who battled heavy smoke and flames to rescue two residents from a house fire early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters responding to the area of Bridge Road around 4:20 a.m. found a ranch style home with heavy flames shooting out of the bedrooms and roof, according to the Eastham Fire Department.

A few Eastham Police Officers were the first to arrive on scene and despite the dangerous conditions, fire officials say they helped two people get out of the home safely, including a person in a wheelchair.

Those two residents were transported to Cape Cod Hospital for smoke inhalation, but are expected to be okay. There were no reports of any injuries to firefighters.

Crews say they initiated a heavy interior attack on the blaze and extinguished the fire in about an hour, using a large stream from the fire engine and two handlines. They remained on scene for another 4 hours extinguishing hot spots and finally cleared the scene at 11 a.m.

Multiple-agencies from surrounding towns were called in to assist in battling the blaze.

The home is considered a total loss and damage is estimated at $400,000, according to fire officials.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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