Early morning fire destroys unfinished addition on Pascoag home


BURRILLVILLE – A fire early Thursday morning burned down an addition being built on a single family house in Pascoag, but was held to the secondary structure, allowing the family to ultimately return to the home.

The blaze was extinguished in around 30 minutes with no reported injuries.

Firefighters were reportedly called to a home on Knibb Road at 2:42 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, after the family was alerted by smoke detectors. The dispatcher advised the caller to evacuate the home, and Pascoag Deputy Chief Richard Peck was first on the scene.

With no fire hydrants in the vicinity, Peck called for a first alarm of tankers from surrounding communities to bring enough water to the scene, according to information provided by the district. Pascoag Engine 41 was the first to arrive with six firefighters, including four volunteers.

Mutual aid was provided by Wallum Lake, Harrisville, Oakland-Mapleville, Chepachet, and West Glocester. East Putnam was called as the Rapid Intervention Team, and the Special Signal Fire Association – Providence Canteen responded to provide rehabilitation, according to a release from the district.

“The fire was confined to an addition that was under construction, allowing the family to remain in the main portion of the home,” the release noted.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

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