Crews extinguish Onset house fire

Oct 8, 2020

Despite strong winds, the Onset Fire Department quickly put out a house fire at 4 South Water Street late Wednesday morning.

After being alerted to the fire, crews responded and at first saw no evidence of the fire. Then, firefighters spotted smoke and melted window blinds on the second floor.

Within 15 minutes, the fire was largely put out, although crews remained on scene for several hours to completely extinguish the fire and investigate the source. 

In a press release, the fire department noted that the incident could have quickly escalated if not for the crew’s quick work due to the strong winds and the density of the neighborhood. South Water Street runs along the waterfront to the immediate east of the Stonebridge.

About 29 firefighters responded to the scene, and no firefighters or civilians were injured. However, there was extensive damage to the building. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Onset Fire Department was assisted by the Wareham Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, Police Department, Inspectional Services, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The Bourne Fire Department provided station coverage.