HYANNIS – A local group home sustained heavy fire damage, displacing all of its residents last evening.
At about 11:20 p.m., Hyannis Firefighters were dispatched to 338 Sea Street to investigate what was initially reported as some type of “outside fire.” As you will hear in the following HN Video, one of the first firefighters on scene actually discovered a residential structure fire, quickly informing his dispatcher to “strike the box” for a fire that involved approximately 25% of the building.
Neighbors approached HN, worried about one of the residents who was said to be confined to a wheel chair. HN soon learned that all of the residents had been evacuated safely and that there were no reported injuries. Despite fire and smoke damage, group home support staff were able to eventually salvage some of the residents’ medicines. One residential program staff member expressed being very relieved everyone had been evacuated safely. Neighbors who were also concerned about the occupants, believed as many as four individuals lived at the group home, but at the time of this report, further details, including the actual number of residents, have not been officially released.
According to the Town of Barnstable, 338 Sea Street is owned by Seven Hills Community Services Inc., out of Worcester, MA. According to their website, Seven Hills Community Services operates in more than 50 communities throughout Massachusetts, serving individuals with disabilities in “a variety of residential arrangements.” Their goal “is to provide each individual with a comfortable, safe, and beautiful home, while keeping them closely connected to family members, friends, and their community.”
Firefighters battled a significant volume of flames at the front of the residence, eventually making entry, where they continue the fight from inside the home. In an on-camera interview, Acting Captain Nathan Coughlan of the Hyannis Fire Department said that the building would be “uninhabitable” for the time being. As you will see in the following HN Video, the residence was heavily damaged both inside and out.
HN will update with official details as they become available. The following HN Video highlights an active fire scene where all residents reportedly evacuated safely…