Sunday, July 19, 2009 Johnston, Rhode Island

Structure Fire In Johnston

Shortly before 19:30 on Sunday evening Johnston fire alarm dispatched Engine's 1,3,2 Ladder 1 Rescue 1 & Battalion 1 to 216 Morgan Avenue between La Fazia Drive & Downing Drive for a reported structural fire. Engine one arrived and reported "smoke showing" from the second floor of the large 2.5 story wood frame with an attached 1.5 story section and ran a line to the interior via side one. Battalion one arrived and established command reporting a "code red" subsequently Engine 4 & Rescue 3 were dispatched to fill out the assignment. Interior companies made the second floor and reported no visible fire but a heavy smoke condition, due to the report a second line was stretched into floor one while additional members opened up in attempt to find the seat of the fire. A mutual aid box was transmitted for station coverage with North Providence, Providence & Cranston responding for coverage while members on scene reported a possible basement fire. Heavy overlapping fire began venting from the second floor of the half story on side four auto extending to the larger portion of the vacant building and eventually taking full possession of the attic space from front to back. Incident command gave the evacuation order and put five lines of various diameter to work on all sides along with deck guns from Engine's one and two which knocked the heavy fire back enough to allow reentry. Firefighters had the fire contained to the building of origin within an hour leaving an extensive overhaul operation with remaining pockets of fire burning in the eves and roofing around the chimney, The building was heavily damaged. Two firefighters were transported to a area hospital with injuries of unknown extent, the cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal.

This fire is about a mile from another fire that occurred on August 20, 2006 at 63 Downing Drive the 2 story wood frame with attached one story garage was destroyed in a early evening fire that required mutual aid from North Providence & Cranston to bring under control.
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