Friday, March 4, 2011 Central Falls, Rhode Island

Overnight Second Alarm In Central Falls

On Friday morning at approximately 01:00 Battalion Four and all apparatus responded to 65 Shawmut Avenue for a "Investigation." Companies arrived and discovered a smoldering fire in a dwelling caused by a heating appliance. Engine One was returned to service and headed back to the station. Shortly after 01:30 police dispatch reported a possible structure fire at 44 Hedley Avenue, shortly thereafter police officers arrived at 41 Hedley Avenue and confirmed a fire towards the rear of the building. With only one engine remaining in service battalion four requested Pawtucket to fill in on the first alarm with a Engine & Ladder as Engine One arrived and reported the rear porch fully involved moments later. The second alarm was transmitted on the arrival of the chief bringing in additional mutual aid from Valley Falls, Lonsdale, Saylesville & Lincoln Rescue. Providence and North Providence provided station coverage and responded back to the Shawmut Avenue incident on another investigation. Heavy fire extended to all floors and took full possession of the attic of the large two story residential structure forcing members to go into a defensive operation. The exposure four building at the corner of Perry Avenue was evacuated during the height of the event. Central Falls Ladder One & Pawtucket Ladder Two flowed water while other members used big hand lines from all sides which contained the fire to the building within an hour. The building sustained substantial damaged and displaced several residents, the red cross responded to aid the displaced. The Providence Canteen was on scene providing fire ground rehab to the members and with temperatures in the single digits it was greatly appreciated. One firefighter received injuries of unknown extent and was subsequently transported to a area hospital for treatment. The cause of the fire is related to a string of recent fires being set by a family member.

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