PLEASANT LAKE - Three Harwich Police officers were evaluated for smoke inhalation after entering a burning building Tuesday evening, looking for people trapped by the fire.
The fire happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. at 25 Cedardale Rd., and the initial report was that fire was showing from a window.
Officers arrived just before firefighters, and heard from neighbors that the occupants might still be inside the house. The three officers entered the building and searched for the residents, but were hindered by heavy smoke.
The first firefighters on the scene saw smoke coming from the building, and began an aggressive attack on the fire while other firefighters searched for the occupants. The blaze was quickly extinguished, and a careful search of the house showed no people present, though police rescued a dog from the building. Firefighters later learned that the occupants had been away at the time of the blaze.
The fire was contained to the room of origin and appears to be electrical in nature. It caused an estimated $20,000 in damage, and left the house uninhabitable.
The three police officers were evaluated at Cape Cod Hospital and released later in the evening.
Firefighters from Brewster, Dennis and Chatham assisted at the scene and Orleans provided station coverage.