Monday, December 23, 2013

Late night fire tears through East Greenwich home

By Ryan Pickering, SNE Fire News
East Greenwich, Rhode Island

East Greenwich firefighters responded to several calls of a unknown type fire on Brookside Drive around 10:30pm on December 22, 2013. First arriving apparatus reported heavy fire showing from a raised ranch dwelling. After stretching attack lines, mutual aid from Warwick was called to the scene as fire broke through the vent hole. Acting Chief Russell McGillivray says the fire grew to a 2nd alarm equivalent with North Kingstown Fire providing station coverage. The house was occupied but no one was home at the time and no injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation by the East Greenwich Fire Marshal.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Johnston firefighters battle overnight code red

By Ryan Pickering, SNE Fire News
Johnston, Rhode Island

Johnston firefighters responded to 87 Greenville Avenue around 2:15am on November 3, 2013 after receiving a report of a structure fire from police on scene. Command assigned a code red on arrival and reported fire showing from the second story windows. An additional engine and rescue company were requested to the scene. The fire extended upward and eventually all firefighters operating on the third floor were evacuated and ordered to stay out of the collapse zone. A mutual aid ladder from Providence was also called in to get control of persistent smoke and flames still showing over an hour into the incident. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Video provided by: Ryan Pickering

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hot battle on Hot day in Uxbridge, Ma

6 alarms plus a district 7 structural task force were needed to extinguish this massive blaze in the downtown section of Uxbridge, Ma around 2pm on July 18, 2013. What originally came in as a fire alarm, calls later reported smoke on the 3rd floor. Firefighters arrived and encountered heavy smoke on the 3rd floor. With temperatures in the mid 90's and the heat index at over 100 degrees, the chief wasted no time in getting help to the fire. A quick 2nd, 3rd and 4th alarms were transmitted. All the tenants were able to get out safely and many of the wedding dresses in the Bridal store were salvaged thanks to the quick action of employees and passer-byers. It took almost 3 hours to bring the fire under control. Several firefighters were treated for heat related injuries.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Fall River, MA firefighters arrive to heavy fire, reports of people trapped

By Corey Welch, SNE Fire News

Photo: @CoreyWelch
Neighbors were attempting rescues from a large residential/commercial building on Columbia St in Fall River when firefighters arrived. With reports of several people trapped in the upper floors, firefighters made entry into the building while heavy fire spread on the second and third floors. The scene was declared an MCI (mass casualty incident) while victims were being removed, treated, and transported. In all, 4 victims were treated and released from a local hospital with minor injuries, according to Fall River fire officials (via

During the interior attack, fire began showing from the roof-line at which time evacuation tones were sounded and crews began exterior operations. Firefighters worked through the morning hours to control the 3-alarm fire. According to neighbors, the building housed a Portuguese restaurant on the first floor with two levels of residential space above.

More Coverage:
WPRI-TV - Man rescues residents from 3-alarm fire
WJAR-TV - Firefighters battle 3 alarm blaze in Fall River

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Homeowner charged with setting his own home on fire in Uxbridge, Ma

The homeowner of this Uxbridge home, which was built in 1821 has been charged with arson after allegedly setting his home on fire around 4pm on Wed, July 3 2013. Neighbors head several explosions and saw the owner leaving the property on his bike and when he returned about 20 minutes later, he was place under arrest. The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived and quickly called for a 2nd alarm for tankers. There are no hydrants in the area so dump tanks had to be set up for a water supply. An exterior attack was initiated and it took about an hour to knock down the heavy fire. A few firefighters were treated with heat related injuries but none serious.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hot battle on HOT day in Central Falls

Firefighters had their hands full battling this hazardous liquid fire in a mill complex around 11:30 am on June 24, 2013. With the temperature in the 90's, 5 alarms, mostly for manpower were needed to bring the fire under control. Fire involved a vat of paint, toluene and mineral oil. Extensive use of fire extinguishers and foam were needed for over an hour before the flames were controlled. Firefighters were rotated on a regular basis so they could be rehydrated but not before at least 2 firefighters suffered exhaustion from the heat. 2 Hazardous Material teams, 1 from Woonsocket and the other from Coventry responded to assist with decontamination.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Fire levels 3 sty home in Webster, Ma

Around 4am on Friday May 31, 2013 Webster, Ma firefighters were called to this Goddard St home for a reported house fire with people trapped. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a 3 sty house fully involved with severe exposure problems and 1 person laying on the ground. The man had to jump from his 2nd floor window to safety. He sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. 4 other tenants were able to escape safely but a cat died. A quick 2nd and 3rd alarms were transmitted bringing in mutual aid to help Websters crews. The exposure was protected but not before being seriously damaged. 2 homes were evacuated. It took over an hour to bring the massive fire under control.