Tisbury fire department saves Lambert’s Cove house

Firefighters put out a small fire at 127 Lambert's Cove Road Monday. — Photo by Steve Myrick

Tisbury firefighters arrived at a house off Lambert’s Cove Road on Monday and quickly extinguished a fire before flames could spread.

Tisbury fire Chief John Schilling said the fire began in a decorative container that held antiques and knick-knacks. Flames were spreading up the wall, and black smoke filled the home at 127 Lambert’s Cove Road when firefighters arrived about 12:15 pm.

Firefighters confined the blaze to one wall of the room and prevented far more serious damage to the house. Because there are no fire hydrants in the area, Tisbury asked West Tisbury to join with water tanker trucks.

“We’re challenged in this area with our water supply,” Chief Schilling said. “That’s why we called in the West Tisbury water trucks.”

Police blocked access to Lambert’s Cove Road for several hours while firefighters were at the scene.

Tisbury emergency services treated Janice Blum, the owner of the house, at the scene as a precaution. There were no injuries.

In a telephone conversation Tuesday, Ms. Blum said she arrived home and heard her smoke detectors going off but was not immediately concerned because they have been problematic and frequently sound. However, when she opened the front door, the house was filled with smoke.

Ms. Blum had high praise for Chief Schilling, firefighters and EMTs. “Everyone was kind and caring and helpful,” she said.

Ms. Blum said she has received numerous offers of help. “The community has been and continues to be extraordinary,” she said.