A house on Sawyer Avenue in the Potowomut section of Warwick was consumed in flames Friday afternoon in what EG Fire Chief Peter Hendrickson said was a 2-alarm blaze. According to neighbors and officials, no one was occupying the house at the time of the fire, which started around 3 p.m.
More than 25 fire fighters from East Greenwich and Warwick battled the fire in 100 degree temperatures. Although the fire was in Warwick, East Greenwich is the first responder to Potowomut.
Two engines and one ladder truck responded to the fire from East Greenwich, and three engines, one ladder and one special hazards truck responded from Warwick.
“I was just coming out to do some watering and I saw the smoke billowing and I came over,” said Bruce Chorney, who lives on Charlotte Drive nearby. Chorney said it was 3 p.m. when he noticed the fire. “By five, ten past, it was engulfed on the back side,” he said of the house.
“I can tell you that I was coming home from work and I thought it was my house,” said a man who lives directly across the street from the house.
Chief Hendrickson said the heat made fighting the fire particularly challenging.
“The strain on the fire fighters themselves,” he said. “You’ve got to cycle them through as much as possible” to avoid heat-related injuries.
Hendrikson said they didn’t know at this point where the fire started. “The volume of fire was so much that it’s hard to know.”
The Warwick Fire Department will investigate the fire.
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