Firefighters Brave Icy Conditions to Contain Blaze in Business Park

Volunteer firefighters from Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and the Martha’s Vineyard Airport battled a fire in frigid conditions for two and a half hours early Saturday evening in the airport business park. The call came in at 6:40 p.m., Edgartown police Sgt. Jonathan Searle confirmed on the scene.

Tisbury House Fire

Tisbury volunteer firefighters extinguished a small fire at a home on Lambert’s Cove Road Monday. The homeowner, Janice Blum, called the fire department when she discovered the fire just after noon.

“When we arrived the house was filled with black smoke,” fire chief John Schilling said. “We couldn’t see through the front door of the house.”

Tisbury Inn Faces Demolition; Water Heater Blamed for Blaze

The owners of the Tisbury Inn plan to demolish the old building early in February, with an eye toward building a new hotel and health center. Susan Goldstein, who with her husband Sherman owns the inn, said yesterday they are talking with local contractors about taking down what remains of the complex, at the head of Main street in Tisbury, which was ruined in a fire that began in the evening of Saturday, Dec. 15.

Night Fire in Edgartown Leaves Fourteen Brazilians Homeless

Night Fire in Edgartown Leaves Fourteen Brazilians Homeless


Charred Portuguese prayer books, scalded refrigerators and a few box springs are all that remain of the worldly possessions of 14 Brazilians who had been living in a three-bedroom house in Edgartown.

Saturday Fire Destroys Sailboat in Harbor; Two Towns Respond

Vineyard Haven harbor was lit up on Saturday evening by a fully involved boat fire. Tisbury firemen and harbor masters from two towns responded to a blaze aboard a 30-foot Catalina sailboat called Tippy Canoe, owned by Tyler Weggel of Port Washington, N.Y.

There were no injuries. The vessel, a total loss, now lies partially submerged, a black shell, in shallow water at the foot of Grove street.

Bunch of Grapes: Authors Lament Loss

Island writers are expressing sympathy and sadness for the loss, they hope only temporarily, of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven that was devastated by fire on July 4.

Bunch of Grapes Owner Vows to Rebuild Beloved Bookstore

Bookstore owner Jon C. Nelson Jr. said he will rebuild.

“Absolutely. I am committed to rebuilding the Bunch of Grapes,” said Mr. Nelson on Sunday afternoon.

That commitment was one of the few certainties Mr. Nelson had two days after the Fourth of July fire that heavily damaged the landmark Vineyard Haven bookstore.

Breaking News: July 4, 11:45 am - Fourth of July Fire Destroys Café Moxie, Closes Main Street Vineyard Haven

A Fourth of July morning fire destroyed Café Moxie restaurant and severely damaged the Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Main Street Vineyard Haven.

The blaze, the biggest on the Island in years, is believed to have started in the basement of the café shortly after 9 a.m.

Owner Austin Racine was the only person in the café at the time. He said he was in the kitchen when he noticed smoke. He had earlier been in the basement, which is used for storage.

Coast Guard to Update Town on Menemsha Fire Aftermath

As discussion continues about cleanup and a still-incomplete investigation into the July 12 Menemsha fire, the Chilmark selectmen are set to meet with spokesmen for the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday evening.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

Firemen Swiftly Douse Main Street Blaze

Tisbury firefighters quickly extinguished a fire outside 54 Main street on Sunday evening that started in a trash can behind the building. Owned by Larry Levine, the building houses the Peter Simon and Louisa Gould galleries.

The fire was first reported by Ms. Gould, who was in her gallery and smelled smoke just after 8 p.m. and called 911.