Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Early Morning Third Alarm In Pawtucket
Hours after crews cleared a reported fire on Knowles Street the tones hit for another possible job in Warrior Territory shortly prior to 05:00 on Wednesday morning Pawtucket Fire Alarm dispatched Engine's 1,2,5 Ladder 1 & Battalion 4 to 190-192 Garden Street for numerous reports of a fire on the third floor. Engine One arrived and reported a "code red" subsequently Engine 3, Ladder 2 & Rescue 1 filled in on the working fire assignment. Captain Thurber the officer in charge of Engine Two reported a possible occupant trapped on the top floor and assisted engine one who was already engaged in an aggressive interior attack. Battalion Chief McLaughlin arrived and established incident command followed shortly thereafter by the transmission of the third alarm which brought Engine's 4,6 & Rescue 2 as fire broke thru the roof towards the rear of the three story multiple dwelling. Ladder One who is operating with reserve ladder three setup towards Randall Street and Ladder Two under control of Lieutenant Slater accessed the fireground via Pawtucket Avenue and setup. Heavy smoke conditions turned to venting fire upon completion of roof operations and crews evacuated the roof, on the interior crews pulled the ceilings exposing the heavily involved attic and began to get water on the fire using two lines. Companies began to make progress having the overlapping fire knocked down in about twenty minutes, with all city apparatus at the scene a mutual aid box was struck for station coverage. The primary and secondary searches were negative however several occupants and two firefighters were evaluated on scene for possible smoke inhalation. The home suffered extensive damage to the upper floors and the cause is under investigation by the fire prevention office.