Monday, May 21, 2012 Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Overnight Second Alarm In Pawtucket

Around 01:30 early Monday morning the Pawtucket fire alarm office dispatched Engine's 2,3,6 Ladder 2 & Battalion 2 to 206 Coyle Avenue for a reported basement fire. Multiple calls were received and the second alarm was struck while companies responded Engine 1, Ladder 1 & Rescue 2 filled in on the alarm moments later police arrived and confirmed a 10-70. Rescue two reported "Heavy smoke in the area" as ladder two reported a code red. Due to the fact that the new public safety director closed engine four the cities second busiest truck on scene firefighters had to wait for a truck with water before entering. Engine three arrived and stretched a line into the basement of the occupied 2.5 story dwelling as heavy smoke vented from all sides. Due to worsening conditions and electrical arcing interior crews were evacuated and operations went defensive. Fire extended into the first and second floors due to balloon frame construction before being knocked down with the exterior attack. Firefighters reentered the building to preform overhaul and check for further extension during this time conditions worsened once again and the second floor became fully involved with fire extending out three windows on the one/four corner and crews were evacuated again. The fire was under control in about two hours leaving the building heavily damaged the recall was sounded at 04:06. Six people were left homeless and the red cross responded to provide any assistance possible to the displaced. Pawtucket Engine Five, East Providence Engine Three, North Providence Engine Three & Providence Ladder Four responded for station coverage.
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