Garden center on Cape Cod destroyed by fire

Fire officials are investigating a blaze that destroyed a garden center on Cape Cod.

a room with smoke and fire: A fire destroyed Russo's Cape Cod Bark and Landscape in Sandwich, Massachusetts, on Sept. 26, 2020.

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A fire destroyed Russo’s Cape Cod Bark and Landscape in Sandwich, Massachusetts, on Sept. 26, 2020.

The Sandwich Fire Department reports that it responded to a fire at Russo’s Cape Cod Bark and Landscape on Route 130 just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Flames were showing in 75% of the building by the time firefighters arrived, which prompted crews to strike a second alarm and request units from Joint Base Cape Cod, Mashpee, Bourne and West Barnstable.

Officials say 30 firefighters were working to extinguish the fire, which took over two hours to do. One firefighter was evaluated for a minor injury at the scene and was released.

The building was completely destroyed by the fire, as well as two pickup trucks and two motorcycles. Fire officials estimate the fire caused $600,000 in damages.

Officials say the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, but it is being investigated by the Sandwich Fire Department and the Massachusetts State Police.

The Department of Fire Services Rehab Unit and state police assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s Office provided support at the scene. The Barnstable, Cotuit and Plymouth fire departments provided station coverage for Sandwich firefighters while they battled the blaze.


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