Investigators were at the scene all day Monday and planned to return Tuesday.
Hamilton’s home, which was undergoing extensive renovations, was destroyed by a fire that began around 7 p.m. Saturday. Minutes later, a second fire was reported at a barn about a mile away; about a dozen horses were rescued before flames engulfed the building.
“My family and I are grateful for all the calls and support we have received,” Hamilton said in a statement. “We are relieved that our neighbors are safe and that no firemen or police were hurt while trying to save our home. We love the Cape and hope to return there soon.”
West Barnstable Fire Chief John P. Jenkins said investigators have found nothing to show that the two fires were connected or that they were deliberately set, but he stressed that the investigation is in its early stages.
On Sunday, investigators used accelerant-sniffing dogs to go through the rubble at Hamilton’s home and at the barn. At the time of the fire, no one was in Hamilton’s house, where an addition was being built.