Six pets perished in a late-morning fire in a home at 324 Cottrell Road that is now uninhabitable because of smoke and water damage, according to Fire Chief Bruce Reimels.
The two-story house at 324 Cottrell Road, off Fish Road, is uninhabitable after a mid-morning fire, according to Fire Chief Bruce Reimels.
None of the four occupants was home when a neighbor called dispatch at 10:16 a.m. to report smoke coming from the two-stall garage, adding that someone could be inside.
The first firefighters on the scene, from the East Road fire station, searched inside the house while a family member arrived to confirm no one was inside, Reimels said.
“Luckily we had three people on Engine 3,” Reimels said of the first engine on scene.
The closest engine, from the Crandall Road station, was on another call at the time, as were both rescue vehicles.
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At an emergency meeting to discuss the rise in coronavirus cases among East Greenwich firefighters on Wednesday night, Fire Chief Bernie Patenaude announced that four North Kingstown firefighters with a North Kingstown engine and rescue would temporarily staff Station 2.
The decision comes after 23 East Greenwich firefighters tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, experiencing a range of mild and moderate symptoms and being forced to quarantine for two weeks, leaving only eight who are eligible to work.
"East Greenwich is a small town and many in our community know our firefighters on a first-name basis," said Councilor Mark Schwager at the emergency meeting. "I want our firefighters to know that they have the support and the good wishes of our community and we wish them a speedy recovery."
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