Smoke was visible from miles away this afternoon as a two-alarm fire consumed a three-story barn on Upper County Road in South Dennis. Firefighters from Dennis, Yarmouth, Harwich and Brewster battled the blaze, while Chatham and Hyannis fire crews provided station coverage.
The fire destroyed six boats and left the post and beam structure a charred shell. The pine building was very flammable, according to Harwich Deputy Fire Chief Dave LeBlanc. Plus firefighters had to be concerned with the boats themselves adding to the fuel load of the fire.
No injuries were reported. Personnel from the local fire department, police and the State Fire Marshal's office are investigating the cause of the fire.
The property at 411 Upper County Road is owned by Karl E Anderson, who owns Karl's Boat Shop in Harwich. He reportedly used the barn for boat storage and rented out the adjacent house.