Sunday, April 7, 2013 Pawtucket, Rhode Island

General Alarm (4) Multiple Buildings Involved

At 13:21 on Sunday afternoon the Pawtucket Fire Department began receiving numerous calls for a structure fire at 187 Harrison Street in the Woodlawn Area of the city, Engine's 2,1,5 Ladder 1 & Battalion Chief Responded. Police arrived and reported two buildings on fire as ladder one reported en route with "heavy smoke showing." Lieutenant Maher the officer in charge of engine two arrived on scene and transmitted a third alarm reporting "two buildings heavily involved" and possible people trapped on floor three. Firefighters stretched a line via side four of 191 Harrison Street, a large 3.5 story wood framed three family tenement and made entry to search for the reported trapped occupant. Second alarm crews arrived and began working on a heavy fire condition at 193-195 Harrison Street, a two story residential structure with a fully involved out building in the rear. All city apparatus responded on the alarm and a mutual aid box was transmitted bringing in surrounding towns to cover empty firehouses and respond to additional incidents. High winds spread the fire rapidly throughout the three buildings involved and interior crews were evacuated from the structures. Firefighters began to protect exposures at 197 Harrison Street & 185 Harrison Street moments later Captain Thurber requested a fourth alarm be transmitted for 160 Mineral Spring Avenue for a large two story garage fully involved with severe exposure problems, North Providence Engine 3, East Providence Engine 1, Providence Ladder 4, Lincoln Rescue 4 & East Providence Battalion 1 responded. A severe brand problem ignited the rear yards of 113 & 117 Slater Street fourth alarm crews arrived and extinguished the fences, rubbish and brush fires in the rear of the main fire buildings and setup exposure protection for 187 Harrison Street which was being threatened by fire on three sides and a garage at 107 Slater Street. The exterior operation lasted about an hour using two ladder pipes, a deck gun and numerous hand lines crews remained on scene into the evening chasing hot spots and investigating it cause. Eight buildings were damaged of which four were destroyed, the partially occupied building at 185 Harrison Street was also damaged during a two alarm fire at 181 Harrison Street that occurred on June 2, 2009. The American Red Cross Arrived to assist the approximately thirty displaced occupants find food and shelter, no injuries were reported on scene however a firefighter was transmitted for smoke related injures after returning to the station. Lincoln Rescue 4 was dispatched to Main & Harrison several blocks away for a local photographer who suffered a head injury after leaving the scene. The Recall was sounded at 21:12.
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