The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fire that destroyed a home in the Dodger’s Hole section of Edgartown last Saturday.
Firefighters worked through the predawn hours to wrest control of the house on Mockingbird Drive that was fully engulfed in flames. The house was unoccupied at the time; the home is owned by Michael Torcia, who maintains full-time residence off-Island.
No injuries were reported, said Edgartown fire chief Peter Shemeth.
Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 4:25 a.m., after a neighbor called to report flames shooting through the roof, said Chief Shemeth. “There wasn’t much to save when we got there,” he said. Firefighters spent approximately one hour bringing the fire under control, and several more hours quelling hot spots and preventing the spread of fire to neighboring properties. Though the main house on the property was destroyed, an adjacent garage apartment was spared. Mr. Shemeth said there was no furniture inside the house, which he believes may have been undergoing renovation.
The full Edgartown volunteer force responded to the fire, as well as one truck from Oak Bluffs.
“I was very impressed with the response . . . Everybody was here relatively quickly,” said Mr. Shemeth. “The unfortunate part is when [flames are] already through the roof there’s not much you’re going to be able to do.”