Unconscious woman submerged in smoke at burning Cape Cod house rescued by 4 police officers, hospitalized with serious injuries


Several police officers came to the rescue of an unconscious woman who was engulfed in smoke and seriously injured when a massive fire broke out at a Cape Cod home early Tuesday, authorities said.

The fire at the single-family home on Shootflying Hill Road in Centerville, a village of Barnstable, was first reported by a newspaper delivery boy shortly after 3:15 a.m., according to a statement from the State Fire Marshal’s Office .

When first responders arrived at the address, they found fire in the living room on the walk-in ranch, the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire and Rescue Department said in a statement.

Four Barnstable police officers who arrived at the scene before firefighters entered the burning house, found the woman unconscious and rescued her from the building, the department said.

The officers provided first aid to the woman and were able to resuscitate her. She was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis in serious condition, authorities said.

The state fire marshal’s office noted that officers had been assessed for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters entered the house with a hose and struck down the main fire on the first floor. They then proceeded to the basement through the watertight bulkhead and extinguished the flames found below the living room.

After the fire was extinguished, crews carried out rescue and overhaul operations, according to the department.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the COMM Fire and Rescue Service, Barnstable Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to both the Commissioner’s office State Fire Department and the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office.


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