02-16-2011 Pawtucket, Rhode Island - blackstonevalley

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Arson Fire Destroys Pawtucket Tenement

Shortly before 11:00 on Wednesday Morning Pawtucket fire alarm dispatched Engine's 1,2,5 Tower Ladder 1 & Battalion 4 to 35 Vale Street for a structure fire "Smoke In The Building." Engine One arrived within minutes and reported a "Code Red" with a fire in a three story six unit apartment building and reported possible people trapped. Engine 3, Ladder 2 & Rescue 1 filled in on the code red assignment. A heavy fire condition on floor two rapidly extended into the third floor and command requested an additional engine company to the scene. Shortly thereafter the chief requested another special call for engine six who arrived, dug out a hydrant and established a water supply for the tower ladder. With all the city apparatus at the scene mutual aid box 2826 was transmitted for station coverage with North Providence, Providence & East Providence Responding. Heavy fire took hold of the upper floors forcing command to evacuate the building. Tower Ladder One began to flow water as did Engine One who dumped the deck gun from side two, Ladder Two set up on side four and flowed water to protect the exposure a 1.5 story wood frame. Crews had the heavy fire knocked down in about a hour however the building was a total loss. The fire is believed to be a case of arson and is possibly connected to a home invasion case which occurred at the same address On December 6th 2010. Raymond Gyamfi is still at large and wanted in regards to that case. Tony Reverdes and Joao Dosantos other suspect were subsequently apprehended and are in custody, Reverdes was previously convicted of first degree arson among other things. The fire occurred as the victim in that case was in a Providence court testifying in the matter. No Injures were reported besides a dog and cat who perished in the fire. Engine One was dispatched back to the scene at 16:10 to assist the investigators with a wet down.

Two suspects were subsequently arrested in the days following the fire and are being held at the state prison in Cranston on various charges.
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