The Great Provincetown Fire 19 years later

CWN photo by Britt Crosby/Cape Cod FD

PROVINCETOWN –Friday marks the 19th anniversary of the devastating Whalers Wharf fire that nearly threatened the entire town. The fire destroyed Whaler’s Wharf a sprawling mall of small unique shops, as well as the adjacent Crown and Anchor Inn, but due to the efforts of Provincetown and other Cape firefighters, the fire was contained and only a few minor injuries occurred.

The fire destroyed Whaler’s Wharf a sprawling mall of small unique shops, as well as the adjacent Crown and Anchor Inn.

The resulting response of fire and rescue personnel was monumental. Officially the fire went to 5 alarms, but in reality with the number of special calls and movement of apparatus, it was much more than that. In all, 39 fire departments from two counties participated in the fire, over 130 pieces of apparatus moved, and over 450 firefighters were involved. It was believed to be the largest “mutual aid” fire in Cape Cod history.

The fire caused over $7 million in damage.

Read more about the fire and view photographs here at Cape Cod FD.


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