At 12:41 p.m. Brewster Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving a private vehicle that had driven through the front entrance of the Eat Cake 4 Breakfast Café located at 300 Underpass Road. On arrival the fire department found a four door vehicle approximately halfway into the front entrance of the structure with injuries to multiple patients including the elderly driver who was still inside the vehicle. Due to the number of reported injuries a Level I Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) was transmitted by command and an additional three mutual aid ambulances and an engine company were requested to the scene.
An immediate triage of the four victim’s injuries was initiated by paramedics. Personnel identified two Priority 2 and two Priority 3 patients all with non-life threatening injuries. Mutual aid ambulances and fire apparatus from Harwich, Orleans, and Eastham responded to the scene to assist in transporting the patients and to provide standby fire suppression resources. The two Priority 2 patients were transported to Cape Cod Hospital and the two Priority 3 patients refused medical treatment.
Firefighters were able to temporarily secure the gas and electric to the building in order to make the scene safe. Eversource and National Grid responded to the scene to permanently secure the utilities. The Brewster Building Commissioner responded to the scene and upon assessment of the damage determined the building to be uninhabitable due to the potential of several interior structural components being compromised. Upon the vehicle being removed from the structure and securing of the utilities the property was turned over to the owner. The Brewster Police are conducting an investigation of the incident.