Updated May 10
Neighbors are being credited with rescuing a resident of the house from the fire at 35 Mount Aldworth Road, according to a press release issued by Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Rolston on Tuesday.
“Brave members of the neighborhood and people driving by heroically helped the resident out of the house,” the release states. One unidentified person was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries. “The Tisbury Fire Department would like to wish the resident a quick recovery, and to thank our mutual aid partners for their assistance.”
According to the release, Tisbury Fire was assisted at the scene by the Dukes County Sheriff, Edgartown Fire, Oak Bluffs Fire/EMS, Tisbury EMS, and Tri-Town EMS.
The fire was reported at 3:52 pm. “Upon a 360 scene size-up, it was determined that there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the second floor,” the release states. “The first arriving fire truck knocked down the fire from the exterior. The fire extended to the third floor, requiring interior fire ground operation to extinguish the fire.”
The exterior of the Mount Aldworth Road home was charred and had shattered windows, as well as a blackened interior.
“This house was fully engulfed, and it had a couple spots of fire going to the ground in between the two houses,” Rolston said. Firefighters from Oak Bluffs and Edgartown were called in to protect the neighboring house while Tisbury dealt with the flames.
When asked whether the strong, gusty winds had an impact on the fire response, Rolston said it did cause some of the fire sparks. According to the press release, those sparks caused a wooded area near the house to catch fire, but it was extinguished quickly.
Rolston told The Times on Monday the cause of the fire is still under investigation, and he expects to have a report in the coming days.
Updated with more details about the fire.