WEST BARNSTABLE – Just prior to 6:00 a.m., West Barnstable Firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire in the quiet neighborhood of Cedar Street near the entrance to the Great Marsh Estates. It was 18 degrees Fahrenheit, with a light snow, dark, early and quiet… and it was very unusual conditions for a sudden brush fire.
One of the first firefighters on scene reported the fire was small. The fire was then quickly put out with a pressurized extinguisher containing water.
But something wasn’t right and firefighters found a nearby lighter and other oddities. The Barnstable Police were immediately alerted and responded to investigate further.
A member of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit also responded to take photos and gather evidence for processing.
This was the second suspicious fire set near the entrance to the Great Marsh Estates in about 6 weeks. Both times investigators found ammunition in among the materials used to ignite the fires. The first fire was discovered in the early evening hours back in the very beginning of December. That fire had been dampened by heavy rain.
This morning’s fire was active when firefighters arrived… and in this morning’s fire, small caliber bullets had apparently been ignited.
Both fires were obviously set and the Barnstable Police Department is actively investigating.