Fire damages carport and trucks


Edgartown firefighters, backed up by Oak Bluffs and Tisbury, extinguished a carport fire on Pilgrim Road on the evening of April 27. The fire also burned two vehicles inside the carport, which had a fabric overlay.

Fire Chief Alex Schaeffer told The Times it’s too early to say what caused the fire. Schaeffer said the fire call came in at 4:57 pm. The fire engulfed a pickup truck that was in the carport and a box truck that was next to it, according to Schaeffer. The fire was far enough away from other structures that the primary concern was extinguishing it, as opposed to preventing it from spreading, Schaeffer said. 

Meanwhile, there was a multi-vehicle crash on Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road at roughly the same time as the fire. An Edgartown ambulance headed to the fire scene diverted and assisted at the accident scene, Schaeffer said. Ultimately Oak Bluffs and Edgartown ambulances brought three people with minor injuries from the accident scene, Schaeffer said. Edgartown Police and Massachusetts State Police responded to the accident scene. 

Edgartown Sgt. Jonathan Searle said the car accident on Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road on April 27 involved three cars in a “chain reaction” crash. Searle reiterated what Schaeffer said, that the injuries were minor. 

The road was closed for a while because of the crash, according to an Edgartown Police social media post.