Only the quick action of Capt. Samuel B. Norton, the skill and equipment of the Edgartown Fire Department, the aid of the sprinkler system just installed and not ready to function automatically, and one or two elements of chance such as a lack of wind and the time at which smoke and flames appeared over and through the building, prevented the destruction of the Harbor View Hotel in what was so nearly a disastrous conflagration late Wednesday afternoon.
Edgartown firefighters extinguished a Saturday afternoon fire at Rockfish restaurant, the second downtown Edgartown restaurant fire in as many weekends. The restaurant at the corner of North water street and Mayhew Lane was closed for business Saturday but will reopen Sunday afternoon.
Tisbury and Oak Bluffs firefighters extinguished a fire that destroyed a guest house at a home off Border Road in Vineyard Haven late Tuesday. Pets were rescued and a tenant in the guest house is searching for a dog that may have run away after escaping the fire.
Edgartown firefighters swiftly contained an upper-story fire at the Atlantic Restaurant at the foot of Main street Saturday morning. Deputy fire chief Alex Schaeffer was first on the scene along with Edgartown police officer Ryan Ruley.
Victims of a house fire in Edgartown that claimed the life of 32-year-old David Cleary last week have received an outpouring of support from the community, including an online fundraising campaign that has raised thousands of dollars.
A 32-year-old man died late Wednesday night in a house fire in Edgartown, according to police, and two other occupants were injured. Police said an investigation has concluded that the fire was started by improper disposal of smoking materials.