Chief says fast work kept house from burning in Pascoag garage fire


BURRILLVILLE – A fire that completely destroyed a garage on East Wallum Lake Road was kept from harming a house just six feet away on Friday, Nov. 23 thanks to fast and strategic work by town firefighters according to Pascoag Chief Harold Carter.

The two-alarm blaze was called in around 7 p.m. and all of Burrilville fire companies responded, with mutual aid from neighboring communities providing tankers for water.

Carter said by the time cleanup was done, firefighters had spent between 4-6 hours at the scene. Emergency responders put a manual water screen on the house to keep the fire – which nearly reduced the two-car garage to ash – from catching and spreading.

“The garage was only about six feet from the house and they were able to do a fast save and keep the house from burning,” said Carter. “I’m amazed that we were able to do that.”

Damage to the house, Carter said, was “very, very minimal,” and no injuries were reported. Residents were able to spend the night in their home.

The house is owned by Jamie Lynch and Tina Lombardo, according to town tax records.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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