Dennis Fire Officials Respond To Exploding Building, One Seriously Burned

Photo: Courtesy of the Dennis Fire Department.

DENNIS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — At 5:15 a.m. Saturday morning the Dennis Fire Department responded to the area of 143 Mayfield Road for a reported fire consuming a single-story wood frame structure.

Officials say that when they arrived, they found that the building had exploded. Dennis Fire Chief Robert Brown told WBZ NewsRadio the blast was strong enough to blow out a window and an outside gable wall. Prior to the fire department's arrival, Dennis police put out the hot spots of the fire with a portable extinguisher.

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One occupant was discovered to have suffered burns from the fire, and while a Med Flight Helicopter was called, it was not flying because of the inclement weather. Officials say they transported the victim to Cape Cod Hospital, who had life-threatening injuries.

Firefighters secured the propane gas, as a Dennis building inspector and gas inspector arrived on scene, officials said. The building had been seriously following the explosion.

According to the occupant, she had just turned on her stove to cook when the explosion happened. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by officials.

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