[OFD MEDIA STATEMENT] At approximately 11:51pm the Onset Fire Department received notification from Wareham Police that they had received a security alarm for 3021 Cranberry Highway, The Liquor Locker and that officers arrived to find what appeared to be a smoke condition inside the business, which was closed at the time of the incident. A First Alarm assignment was dispatched summoning all department personnel, including Deputy Fire Chief Howard L. Andersen and Acting Chief of Department Jeffrey R. Osswald.
Chief Osswald arrived first and found a heavy smoke condition in the single story commercial structure. A Working Fire Assignment was transmitted on the orders of Chief Osswald, bringing additional units to the scene. Companies gained access and quickly extinguished a fire in a room to the rear of the building. It took approximately 30 firefighters 45 minutes to bring the fire under control as personnel continued the process of completing extinguishment. Damage to the building was moderate, however the business suffered a significant loss of their inventory. Units remained on scene for approximately 3 hours to ensure no fire hazard remained and perform a cause and origin investigation. The investigation remains open and ongoing. No injuries were sustained by any civilians or fire service personnel.
Assistance at the scene was provided by the Wareham and Bourne Fire Departments, along with Wareham EMS, Wareham Police, Wareham Board of Health and Wareham Inspectional Services.
INITIAL HN REPORT & VIDEO – “Firefighters save Liquor Locker in Onset…”
ONSET – Wareham police responded to a burglar alarm at the Liquor Locker at 3021 Cranberry Highway last evening and observed smoke through the store’s front windows, according to acting Onset Fire Chief Jeffrey Osswald. When firefighters arrived there was smoke showing from the roof line and other points in the building, leading to a working fire assignment which brought additional crews from Wareham to the scene, along with a Bourne engine for coverage…
The first firefighters stretched a pre-connected line into the building, locating the scene of the fire in an office. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to that office and its contents, according to acting Chief Osswald.
There were about 25 firefighters working the scene and there were no reported injuries.
The following HN Video includes a brief interview with acting Chief Osswald where he goes into more details about the fire…
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