Friday, December 25, 2009 Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Four Alarm Fire In Woonsocket On Christmas Night
Shortly after 18:30 On Christmas Night Woonsocket Fire Control announced a reported structure fire in the area of Elm Street & Gaulin Avenue. Engine Two made the left onto Cumberland Hill Road and transmitted a second alarm due to a large header, Moments later Engine 2 confirmed the Code Red as the company arrived at a four story vacant building on Gaulin Avenue. Heavy Fire conditions on the lower floors extended via the rear thru the roof and taking full possession of the cockloft. Tower Two arrived and was ordered to setup to protect the exposure two building which is another four story woodframe vacant building which was the site of a previous arson fire on August 2,2009. As fire progressed further throughout the upper floors the evacuation order was given along with transmission of the third and fourth alarms which brought in extensive mutual aid into the city. Woonsocket Ladder One & Tower Two set up elevated streams along with Blackstone Ladder One as heavy smoke banked down to the ground causing zero visibility at some points. Due to the smoke and radiant heat from the fire several neighboring occupied dwellings were evacuated forcing families out into the cold on Christmas Night. The defensive attack had the heavy volume of fire knocked down in about two hours, the roof collapsed into the third floor leaving an extensive overhaul operation which lasted into the evening. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is believed to have been intentionally set, No injuries were reported during the event.