Saturday, October 3, 2009 Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Busy Night For Pawtucket Jakes

Shortly before 07:00 on Friday evening a motorist noticed a large column of smoke while sitting at the traffic light at Lonsdale Ave & Weeden Street. Upon further investigation a commercial dumpster was discovered well involved with fire burning up the vinyl siding of a vacant 2.5 story woodframe at Centre & Coleman Streets. Pawtucket Engine two arrived and began to initiated suppression efforts as additional companies arrived and went to work. Two lines were run one for the exposure and one for the dumpster it appeared that jakes were able to keep the fire contained to the exterior. Tower one forced entry and checked for interior extension on all floors which proved negative.

Around 11:00 firefighters were dispatched to the area of the Chinese Church at 333 Roosevelt Avenue for a reported structure fire. Engine two arrived with "Nothing Showing" and began investigating the area. Engine four arrived at a open burn on High Street and the other companies were cleared and went back into service.

Around 03:00 the "300" tone went off again as Engine's 1,2,5 Ladder 1 & Battalion 4 were stilled out to a reported structure fire at 121 Magill Street. Engine One out of the West Avenue station arrived first due with heavy smoke and fire from the third floor of a three story occupied dwelling and began a interior operation. Fire began to burn thru the roof and incident command requested a third alarm due to the current conditions and a potential for a exposure problem on sides two and four. Heavy fire ran the entire roof line of the dwelling and the evacuation order was given, during this time the eve on side four collapsed which hindered egress. Members setup elevated appliances from Tower One and Ladder Two along with a portable gun and numerous large lines. The overlapping fire was knocked down in about a hour leaving an extensive overhaul operation that lasted several hours. The fire building was heavily damaged, The Red Cross was requested to assist the displaced residents, One firefighter received injuries of unknown extent. The cause is under investigation by the state fire marshal.

Around 06:00 Pawtucket Police received a call for a vehicle fire On Larch Street, moments later they rebroadcasted "all cars heading to larch street be advised 9-1-1 is receiving numerous calls for another vehicle fire at 10 Baldwin Street" The cover assignment Providence Engine 2, North Providence Engine 3, East Providence Engine 3 & Pawtucket Ladder 3 were dispatched to the Baldwin Street incident as Police arrived and reported the car fully involved next to a building. Providence Engine 2 arrived first in and reported a "Code Red" with fire extending to the exterior of a large 3.5 story occupied building and ran a line for extinguishment. The Magill Street incident command began releasing crews Engine's 2,6 Rescue 2 responded in. The heavy fire was knocked down in about ten minutes, crews checked for interior extension which proved negative on all floors. No Injuries were reported during this fire, The second vehicle fire on larch street was extinguished on arrival.

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