Saturday, July 11, 2009 Bristol, Rhode Island

Vacant House Destroyed In Bristol

Around 12:30 on Saturday morning the Bristol Fire Department began receiving numerous calls for a fire on Poppasquash Road which is Peninsula south of Colt State Park. As Engine two made the left out of quarters located at Thames & John Streets they were met with heavy fire in the sky directly across Narragansett Bay from the station and confirmed the job, Members arrived at 363 Poppasquash Road a large 5,800 square foot one & two story vacant dwelling with a heavy fire condition through out and immediately a mutual aid tanker and engine was requested from Warren while firefighters setup for defensive operations and exposure protection. Other crews arrived and drafted from a nearby pond and began tanker shuttle operations to maintain a water supply as the building began to collapse sending brands into the brush along the property and threatening neighboring buildings. Numerous spectators gathered in the area but were kept back at the Portside Road access gate and not allowed into the fire scene which was located further down on the point. Portsmouth was requested to respond with a brush piece and setup in the property behind the fire building for brand patrol, Members had the heavy volume of fire knocked down in about three hours but remained on scene well into the day chasing pockets of fire and investigating it's cause. At one point in the fire a large propane tank which fed the home began venting and subsequently caught fire and firefighters were evacuated from the area due to a potential bleve situation, Several area photographers found themselves in the backyard trapped and were forced to find an alternative way from the yard via a locked gate luckily no injuries were reported during the entire event. Members returned two days later to investigate a smoke condtition, Engine three arrived and ran a line for wetdown.

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